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What are the main signs and symptoms of mesothelioma?

The symptoms of mesothelioma might not appear until 20 to 50 years after the exposure to asbestos. The most common signs of the disease are chest pain, shortness of breath and cough.

The symptoms might differ according to the area of the body that is affected by cancer:

Pleural mesothelioma: the signs of the disease include pleural effusion, fatigue, chest pain, anemia, cough and, in severe cases, many tumor masses.

Peritoneal mesothelioma: the most frequent symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen and even constipation. However, these signs can indicate less serious affections.


Comments from doctors

  • The most common symptoms of this disease are a dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, pleural effusion, pain in the chest/abdomen, anemia and muscle weakness.

  • Recognizing early signs and informing your doctor about asbestos exposure can help diagnose mesothelioma earlier than usual.

  • Most of the people who get mesothelioma are diagnosed at late stages as the symptoms of the disease are common.

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