Exposure to asbestos is the primary contributing risk factor for mesothelioma. Many people automatically think about pleural mesothelioma, which involves the lungs, when they hear about this condition because that’s the most common type. Some don’t realize that it’s also possible to have mesothelioma in other areas.
There are three other forms of mesothelioma that might occur. These include:
- Peritoneal mesothelioma
- Pericardial mesothelioma
- Tunica vaginalis mesothelioma
Anyone who’s been exposed to asbestos should learn more about these forms so they can keep an eye out for the symptoms that are associated with them. This may help them to receive a diagnosis a bit earlier than they would if they were unaware.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a form of the disease that affects the abdominal cavity. Approximately 20 to 33% of malignant mesothelioma cases are peritoneal mesothelioma. The common symptoms of this form of the disease include:
- Weight loss that’s unexplained and unexpected
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea, with or without vomiting
Pericardial mesothelioma affects the heart tissues. This form of the disease isn’t common. The symptoms of it closely mimic those of pleural mesothelioma. The most common are chest pain and trouble breathing even when at rest.
Tunica Vaginalis Mesothelioma
Tunica vaginalis mesothelioma impacts the tissue around the testicles. The most common symptoms of this form of mesothelioma is a mass on the testicle or swelling in the scrotum area.
Why is Mesothelioma So Troubling?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that spreads fast. It’s very aggressive, which may result in a diagnosis not being made until it is in the advanced stages. One thing that fools some individuals is that the symptoms of the disease might not show up for decades after the asbestos exposure.
For an individual who’s been exposed to asbestos at any point in life, keeping a close eye out for symptoms associated with the disease is imperative. At the first sign that something’s amiss, they should contact their doctor for an evaluation. Reminding the doctor that they were exposed to asbestos is another critical step in getting an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible.
The journey after diagnosis is one that’s likely going to be difficult. The patient will need to balance their required medical care with learning to live life. As the disease progresses, this will often become a complex undertaking that can become quite costly. Turning to the asbestos industry for compensation may help to alleviate some of the financial strain that comes with this disease.