Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose, as early signs of the disease often mimic other conditions. By the time mesothelioma symptoms are recognized, the cancer may have spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, most people with mesothelioma are not diagnosed until stage III or IV.
The latency period for mesothelioma is one of the major reasons it is so difficult to diagnose at an early stage. The latency period for mesothelioma can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos, with one study suggesting that the mean latency for men is 47.9 years. For women, it was 53.3 years.
The latency period can be impacted by a number of factors, including:
Asbestos exposure is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. In fact, it is believed that 70 to 80% of mesothelioma diagnoses are tied to this class of toxic minerals. Other risk factors include:
Mesothelioma symptoms commonly associated with the pleural (lungs) form of the disease include:
Mesothelioma symptoms commonly associated with the peritoneal (abdominal) form of the disease include:
Mesothelioma symptoms associated with pericardial and testicular types are often unclear. Since pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining of the heart, symptoms may mimic other cardiac conditions. They may include breathing difficulty and chest pains.
Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis, which develops in the tissue surrounding the testicles, may be first detected as swelling or a mass on a testicle.
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one developed mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos. To learn more, please call (888) 994-5118.
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