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What are the Mesothelioma Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis Options Available?

What are the symptoms of mesothelioma cancer and diagnosis for treatments?
Mesothelioma cancer is very hard to diagnose and sometimes it can take many years to experience the symptoms (sometimes 30 years later or more). However, some people have no symptoms of their cancer. Also, mesothelioma symptoms can often be confused with other minor illnesses, such as shortness of breath, cough that won't go away, pain in the chest, muscle weakness and sensory loss, pain or swelling in the abdomen, coughing up blood, fever, major weight loss, and difficult swallowing. If you experience symptoms and you are working or exposed to the areas of of the professions mentioned above, you should have your doctor conduct an x-ray of the chest or abdomen.

Once Mesothelioma is diagnosed, the chances of recovery vary according to several factors, including the size and location of the tumor, how much it has spread, and the age of the patient.

In general, the earlier that Mesothelioma is diagnosed, the better the chances of survival. So if you experience any of the common Mesothelioma symptoms, see your doctor right away.



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