Mesothelioma can be a difficult thing to diagnose. It is commonly caused by exposure to asbestos and symptoms will perhaps not appear until many years after. There are however some new ways in which mesothelioma can be discovered within its earlier stages thanks to new technology. One in a million people may suffer from mesothelioma, which is a small percentage in comparison to lung cancer, although being a smoker will increase your risks of getting mesothelioma. Being exposed to asbestos and large amounts of smoke is dangerous. It has been proven however that smoking alone does not cause mesothelioma. There are a number of symptoms associated with this disease, such as weight loss, struggling for breath, cough, bad chest pains, anemia, swallowing problems, abdomen swelling and pain, fevers, obstruction of the bowel, blood clotting difficulties, pain in general, coughing up blood, low blood sugar and facial and neck swelling. You do not necessarily suffer from every symptom. There are two variations of mesothelioma, along with different stages. There is pleural mesothelioma which is the most conventional, and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Each symptom associated with mesothelioma can be due to other problems not as severe. Which is one problem with diagnosing mesothelioma itself, it is rather rare so symptoms will usually be associated with more common medical issues. Asbestos is not the only chemical that can give a person mesothelioma. Thorium dioxide a form of radiation and a mineral called Zeolite found in Turkey have also been linked with the disease. If you have been in contact with asbestos or any of the other dangerous elements, and are exhibiting symptoms then mesothelioma will be one thing to check out. The first step is an x-ray followed by a test of your lung capacity. Doctors will check the chest cavity for a build up of fluids. If any such fluid is found then it will be examined in depth.

Mesothelioma can be treated in several ways. Such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Surgery may also be looked into, it all depends on each case. Depending on the variation and stage of mesothelioma, depends on which route will be taken for treatment. You may think you are suffering from mesothelioma because you have several symptoms, the fact is the odds are you have some other less dangerous medical condition.

It is always smart to check every possibility, so if you exhibit any symptoms go to the doctors. The faster you see a doctor the faster you will have peace of mind or be able to treat whatever it is you may have. Thanks to the increasing effectiveness of treatments, there is always something that can be done to help you get your life back to normal.