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Exposed to asbestos long ago? Symptoms could be tied to mesothelioma

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Mesothelioma

Many workers, long since retired from hard labor jobs in steel mills, power stations and railroads, are enjoying their retirement. Focusing on hobbies, grandkids and other past times. But some face difficult health problems, wondering if it’s due to simply getting older.

Some complain of shortness of breath, muscle weakness and back pain. Perhaps this is simply what happens when the human body works long, strenuous hours year-after-year in an industrial or manufacturing facility. Perhaps not. These symptoms could be signs of mesothelioma or other life-threatening conditions as a result of asbestos exposure on-the-job.

How do you know if your symptoms are associated with mesothelioma?

There are many symptom associated with mesothelioma that could be disguised as simply old age, a common cold or other minor conditions. However, for those who previously worked in steel factories, power plants or chemical facilities (to name a few), these symptoms shouldn’t go ignored. Many workers in these fields have been exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma in the lungs

Known as Pleural Mesothelioma, those with possible mesothelioma in the lungs may notice symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful breathing
  • Chest pain under the rib cage
  • Pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Dry cough

Abdominal mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can also arise in the abdomen area. Referred to as Peritoneal Mesothelioma, individuals often experience the following:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Change in bowel habits, such as more frequent diarrhea or constipation
  • Lumps of tissue or fluid in the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss

Treatment and compensation

Despite having worked years ago, mesothelioma often doesn’t develop until many years after exposure. Fortunately, medical advancements in treatment for this type of cancer and other cancers associated with asbestos exposure have helped many individuals. Along with chemotherapy, a variety of treatment options exist.

Financial compensation is also possible. People who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer or related illness can pursue compensation. Consulting with an attorney who has helped others in similar situations is a good first step. A lawyer with extensive knowledge handling mesothelioma claims can fight to recover maximum compensation for victims and their families.