Mesothelioma is not an easy cancer to diagnose. This is because the symptoms are similar to many other, more common types of cancer. The build-up of fluid in the chest, referred to as pleural effusion, for example, is a common symptom of lung cancer, heart failure and even seen in cases of pneumonia.
If it is difficult to diagnose, how can a doctor know I have mesothelioma?
This will often hinge on questions the doctor asks during appointments. The physician should ask about potential exposure to asbestos and, if any exposure is likely, consider the possibility of mesothelioma and move forward with additional testing as necessary.
What are common exposures to asbestos?
Asbestos is in a lot of products. Because of this, the possibility of exposure is almost endless. Some of the most common examples can include:
- Car braking systems
- Paint products
Because of the wide range of products, exposure is possible in many different scenarios.
How can I get the right diagnosis if I am ill?
Those who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos and that their illness could be mesothelioma are wise to see a physician with experience in this specialized area of medicine. Trained medical professionals will conduct tests to analyze tissue and see if mesothelioma is present.
Does it really matter how I got mesothelioma as long as I get treatment?
Correct diagnosis of mesothelioma can help lead to the source. Once the source is determined, the patient can hold that business or manufacturer accountable for the exposure. This is important because treatment is expensive.
We know that exposure to asbestos is dangerous and can result in cancer. As a result, it is important to hold those responsible for the exposure accountable when it is the result of a former employer or business’ negligent treatment of asbestos products.
How can I hold a former employer or a business accountable if I was exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma?
Civil lawsuits provide victims of exposure with the ability to hold the responsible party financially accountable for their wrongdoing. This can lead to the funds needed to cover the cost of treatment, additional care, and lost wages.