Mesothelioma Risk Factors, Cause, Symptoms & Prevention
Mesothelioma Risk Factors and Causes
Exposure to asbestos (a cloistering material made up magnesium-silicate mineral fibres) is the main factor that will enhance the chances of contracting this disease. Smoking though not associated with mesothelioma highly increases the chances of developing this disease, especially when exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos fibers that cause mesothelioma
Most of the time, mesothelioma symptoms can be confused to that of other diseases however, knowing the potential signs of this disease is important. It takes a long time for mesothelioma to develop and as such, its symptoms do not show themselves until it has advanced to later stages. Most often, early signs and symptoms are misdiagnosed because they are easily mistaken for common day to day illnesses. Mesotheliomas symptoms also vary greatly based on it types mostly types based on location.
Pleural mesothelioma symptoms
- Chest and back pain
- Loss of weight
- Prolonged cough
Pericardial mesothelioma main symptoms
- Palpitations of the heart
- unusual heartbeats
- breathing problems
- night fever
- Heart attacks
Peritoneal mesothelioma main symptoms
- Fluid production in abdominal cavity
- Pains in abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
NOTE: All of these symptoms are mostly caused by other diseases and attention to mesothelioma might be minimized. It is important to see a doctor immediately you feel any of these so that, the cause can quickly be found and treated.