For any disease, an early diagnosis ensures patients are treated as quickly and effectively as possible. For mesothelioma patients, due to the cancer’s aggressive nature, early detection and avoiding misdiagnosis are key to ensuring the best prognosis. However, this rare disease can be mistaken for an infection or a more common type of cancer, so diagnosing it requires a specialist.
The most common presenting symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include chest pain and difficulty breathing while peritoneal mesothelioma patients typically experience abdominal pain and distension. Anyone with a history of occupational asbestos exposure should remain watchful for these symptoms and report them to a doctor immediately.