The Top Ten Warning Signs of Mesothelioma

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A thin membrane lines and prospects several of your main body cavities, and this membrane is called the mesothelium. Unfortunately, cancer can develop in the membranes that line the lungs, chest wall and abdomen. When it does, this disease is called mesothelioma. In most cases, this disease results from asbestos exposure, and so mesothelioma is mainly seen in construction workers, shipbuilders and plumbers who were exposed to this dangerous material before scientists discovered its fatal effects. While it is very frightening to face up to the possibility of having cancer, it is vital to report any suspicious symptoms if you want to improve your chances of receiving effective treatment. Read on to discover the top ten warning signs of mesothelioma.

1) Pain in your chest:

One of the most common symptoms associated with mesothelioma is persistent pain in the chest wall. Patients typically describe it as a heavy, dull ache, but it will steadily become sharper more painful as the cancer begins to impact on local bone and nerves. When this happens, the patient becomes more restless and uncomfortable. They might even experience shortness of breath as the cancer progresses. This is also because the tumor is growing so as the tumor grows the more space it takes within the chest cavity. When this happens, the tumor creates a strain between the lungs and the heart building up the pressure. The patient may sometimes experience like there’s something crushing his lungs and heart. As the tumor grows, the pain also becomes persistent. Patients will also feel that building pressure inside caused by the tumor so as a result, they often feel tired or sluggish as the chest pain increases. They will also feel fatigued even if they are not doing anything. This is because the lungs are compensating to regulate breathing but since they are slowly being crushed by the tumor, it eventually becomes difficult to breathe. There is also a thickening of the pericardial muscles or heart muscles as the heart compensates to work despite being pressed by the tumor growth.

Since the chest pain in this condition have poor prognosis, some physicians will find treatment to relieve the pressure and chest pain. This treatment could sometimes be chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead of actually looking for ways to remove the cancer. So it is important that a detailed diagnosis must be done in order to come up with the right treatment.

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