A horrific type of cancer that develops in the thin lining that covers many of the body’s vital internal organs, mesothelioma is a condition that is usually directly connected to previous exposure to asbestos. The tiny fibers can become lodged in the lungs, where they remain, unnoticed and silently causing irreparable damage for decades.
The condition mainly affects the lining of the lungs, but the stomach, heart, and testicles can also be affected. A growing number of people are diagnosed with the condition year on year, a testament to the long term implications of asbestos exposure and poisoning.
People between the ages of 60 and 80 are most likely to develop the condition and it is typically men who are more likely to suffer. The prognosis once a diagnosis of mesothelioma has been established is not good, as it’s rarely possible to cure someone of the illness. Treatment is able to help with the symptoms though.
1. Dry cough or wheezing
Where there is the presence of dry cough or wheezing symptoms, a range of different tests may be suggested and carried out in order to assess for mesothelioma. These tests might include X-rays to give a clearer picture of what might be happening in the chest or the stomach, and CT scans which give a much more detailed picture of what is happening throughout the whole body.
Coughs and wheezes are common occurrences for older people, with different viruses regularly doing the rounds in winter time, and nasty habits like smoking playing their part, and so this early warning sign can sometimes be scooted over somewhat.
Where a cough is persistent and unproductive for an extended period, it can sometimes rely on the intervention of a caring (or annoyed) relative, taking it upon themselves to try and get to the bottom of what has been causing that cough to remain loud and proud for such a long time.