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Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Pleural mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the membrane that surrounds the organs in the body, called the mesothelium. Each year, approximately 2,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma, according to medical experts at the National Cancer Institute. Pleural mesothelioma symptoms can be difficult to detect, but affected people should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

    No Initial Symptoms Pleural mesothelioma is a slow-progressing disease and may not initially cause symptoms in affected people. Symptoms of this form of cancer may take up to 40 years to develop, explain health professionals with the Better Health Channel. Exposure to asbestos--a group of fibrous minerals used in construction and manufacturing--significantly increases a person's risk of developing symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. People who have questions or concerns regarding pleural mesothelioma should consult a physician for further guidance and care.

    Breathing Difficulties and chest pain This type of cancer primarily develops within the lining of the lungs—a region of the body referred to as the pleura. Approximately 90 percent of patients with pleural mesothelioma develop shortness of breath or chest pain as symptoms of this disease, according to the Mesothelioma Center. Shortness of breath can occur in conjunction with a dry cough, vocal hoarseness or difficulty swallowing in affected people. Additionally, sensations of pain within the chest can radiate into the abdomen or upper body. People who develop breathing difficulties or chest pain require immediate medical attention, as these symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can also be signs of a heart attack.

    Facial or Limb Swelling Cancerous cell growth within the lining of the lungs can cause fluid accumulation in the body. When this occurs, people with pleural mesothelioma can experience unusual swelling of the face or arms, notes the American Cancer Society. Affected people may notice that their face or hands appear unusually puffy or swollen. It may be difficult for a person to make a fist with the affected hand. These symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can become worse without prompt treatment.

    Flulike Symptoms General flulike symptoms can arise in people who have pleural mesothelioma. These symptoms can include fever, fatigue, muscle weakness, sweating or weight loss, explains the American Cancer Society. Fever symptoms can also contribute to chills or headache in affected people. Persons who experience persistent flulike symptoms should consult a medical professional as soon as possible.

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