The main cause that prevents one from detecting mesothelioma at an early stage is that the symptoms are often mistaken as some other minor illness. The tumor grows without being detected for months or even years. This makes the treatment also difficult as by the time it is detected, it would have reached the later stages of cancer. Always, the earlier the mesothelioma symptoms are detected, better is the chance of survival. The Cancer Council Victoria, in the web page www.cancervic.org.au gives advice, health tips and methods to prevent and detect cancer in detail.
Major Symptoms Of Pleural Mesothelioma Some of the main symptoms of mesothelioma are excessive coughing, fever, significant weight loss, pain on sides of the chest or lower back, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, swelling of arms or face, having trouble swallowing food like a feeling of food getting stuck somewhere, and hoarseness. If you experience any of these symptoms since a long time and have any history of asbestos exposure, it is better and safe to get yourself tested at your nearest medical center.
Symptoms Of Peritoneal Mesothelioma Some of the major symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are nausea, constipation, vomiting, swellings or fluids detected in the abdomen, abdominal pain, and significant weight loss without trying for it.
Just because you have any of these symptoms doesn’t prove that you are affected by mesothelioma. These symptoms can also occur in other diseases or for some minor illness. But if the symptoms keep occurring and you have been exposed to asbestos at any stage of your life, it is always better to confirm about your illness with a reputed medical practitioner. Always, early detection raises the bar of survival chances in any cancer.
Difficult To Detect Mesothelioma is always difficult to detect. Even an experienced medical practitioner would need a detailed checkup and study about the symptoms and conduct many complicated tests to confirm the presence of mesothelioma tumor within a person’s body. Another issue is that all these symptoms are so common and can be easily mistaken as a viral fever, cold, asthma, pneumonia or some respiratory disease. The patient will continue consuming medicines for any of these and the disease goes undetected.
Always stay away from asbestos exposure as this is the main cause of mesothelioma cancer. When a person is exposed to asbestos, the microscopic asbestos fibers forms as a lining layer all over the lungs of the person. It results in physiological changes on body cells and results in mesothelioma cancer. If you ever had asbestos exposure or even doubt about an exposure under any condition, it is safer to take a medical test and check for tumors.
Reports of people affected with mesothelioma prove that most of them detected this disease only in later stages after the tumor had grown to considerable size. The few lucky ones whose tumor was detected at an earlier stage where accidental detection while taking X-rays or routine medical checkups. Hence, the importance of a routine medical checkup is also very important. Even if you are healthy, it is better to take routine medical checkups once in a year to ensure that you don’t have any hidden medical issues that might go unnoticed.