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    Mesothelioma symptoms

    In the UK 2000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Mesothelioma is a severe lung condition. It is commonly associated with asbestos exposure as inhaling the fibres aggravates the condition.

    However, it can take decades to diagnose the condition. Therefore it is important to recognise potential mesothelioma symptoms so you can get treatment as soon as possible.

    What is Mesothelioma?

    The correct name for the condition is malignant mesothelioma. It is a cancer that causes damage to the lining of the lungs (also known as the pleura).  It is often associated with asbestos because the majority of the people who have the condition had been exposed to asbestos at some point.

    There are three main types-

    • Pleural- The most common type. As the name suggests this is the type that affects the pleura.
    • Peritoneal- This affects the lining of the abdomen (also known as the peritoneum).
    • Pericardial- This one affects the lining of the heart and is the rarest type of mesothelioma.

    The symptoms will vary on the type of the condition. Not all of them may occur so if you experience some of the ones listed below then you should seek medical advice.

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    Pleural mesothelioma symptoms

    • Shortness of breath
    • Painful coughing
    • Pain under the ribcage
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Lumps under the skin in the chest
    • Lower back pain
    • Pain in the side of the chest
    • Exhaustion
    • Sweating
    • Fever
    • Problems with swallowing

    Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms

    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Abdomen pain
    • Abdomen swelling
    • Lumps around the abdomen
    • Nausea and in some cases severe vomiting

    Pericardial mesothelioma symptoms

    • Shortness of breath and fatigue
    • Low blood pressure
    • Fluid retention (usually around the legs)
    • Palpitations
    • Chest pain


    Treatment for the condition depends on the age, health and how far advanced the cancer is. The most advanced ones cannot be removed and it is more about allowing people to have as comfortable a life as possible. The symptoms can take decades to detect which is why it is so important to get them checked as soon as possible.

    People at risk

    People at risk are often people who have at some point been exposed to asbestos. This can include people who have worked with the material, or in environments where it has been used for insulation, roofing and other construction uses. How serious the condition is will depend on the length of time someone has been exposed to the material.

    Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

    You are entitled to seek compensation as soon as you become aware of the condition. The difficulty is in proving that companies were aware of the presence of asbestos and did not take sufficient steps to carefully remove it. With a nationwide team of specialists we can find people with the right experience to show that this is the case.

    Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day so you can always talk to someone about your condition and whether or not you wish to make a claim. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

    Date Published: November 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Asbestos claims

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