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Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium membranes. These tissues can be found in some organs, such as the abdominal cavity, chest cavity, heart, or lungs. The condition often starts as tiny nodules and grows over the course of 20 to 50 years. The affected site will determine what signs you have. Below are some common symptoms of mesothelioma that you should know.

Common Symptoms

Many typical signs of mesothelioma are non-specific and do not happen during the early phases. They tend to occur when tissue changes around the lungs begin to trigger issues with the overall function. These include back or chest pain, chest cold symptoms, persistent dry cough, accumulated fluids around the lungs, or difficulty catching breath. When the disease progresses, more serious problems would happen like excessive sweating or night sweats, low-grade fever, difficulty swallowing, unexpected weight loss, loss of appetite, muscle fatigue, lethargy, or chest lumps. Fortunately, most cases can be diagnosed before these complications happen. [1]