Mesothelioma occurs in the mesothelium: the thin layer of tissue covering the majority of your organs. This form of cancer is aggressive and often deadly, and while treatment options exist, it is often difficult for individuals to find a cure.
Thus, it is important to know what the potential red flags of mesothelioma are. This allows faster potential identification through a doctor, which can hasten treatment options by catching cancer earlier.
Peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma
Mayo Clinic discusses the symptoms of mesothelioma in detail. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in tissues around the abdomen. It may result in abdominal swelling, pain in the abdomen, unexplained weight loss and nausea.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common and it occurs in the tissues around the lungs. Signs may include shortness of breath, a painful cough, chest pain, unexplained weight loss and unusual lumps of tissue on your chest below the skin.
Other forms of mesothelioma
Mesothelioma may occur in other places, too, but these cases are so rare that some of the signs and symptoms are not clear. Pericardial mesothelioma affects tissues around the heart and may result in chest pains and trouble breathing. Tunica vaginalis affects tissues around the testicles, and a first sign often includes a mass on the testicles or swelling in the area.
In general, a mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer and it shares symptoms with many other diseases and health issues that are much more common. It is important to see a doctor if you ever discover any signs that raise concerns, though. Make sure to mention exposure to asbestos in your history as well, as this is the biggest known contributor to mesothelioma cases.