How Do You Know If You Have Mesothelioma?
The diagnosis and detection of mesothelioma typically occur decades after exposure to asbestos. Since the symptoms of mesothelioma — coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath — are also associated with more common diseases, it is often difficult to diagnose. If you experience symptoms of mesothelioma and at one point worked in an occupation that put you in contact with asbestos, it is important to seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
At Wallace & Graham, P.A., we can connect you with top physicians in mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment. Our attorneys can also help you seek compensation for the losses you have suffered due to this disease, including medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering. Call 888-698-9975 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Mesothelioma: Detection and Diagnosis
The diagnosis of mesothelioma often begins with an X-ray and a careful assessment of radiological and clinical tests. The physician will also review the patient’s medical history and work history. If the patient worked in an occupation exposing him or her to asbestos, it is an indicator of the risk of mesothelioma. If warning signs exist, an MRI or CAT scan may be ordered. If these preliminary tests point to the risk of mesothelioma, the doctor will likely order a biopsy to confirm if cancerous tissue is present.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
If you are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Dry cough
- Fluid buildup in the lungs
- Reduced chest expansion
Because many of these symptoms are associated with other, more common diseases, it is often difficult to identify mesothelioma as the cause. We can connect you with doctors who are experts in mesothelioma care, who can either diagnose or rule out mesothelioma as the cause of your symptoms.
Based in North Carolina, we represent clients nationwide. Call 888-698-9975 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Our skilled and caring asbestos lawyers will explain your rights and fight for you.