About Mesothelioma

Symptoms - Asbestos Lifeline


The symptoms of mesothelioma that individuals experience typically depend on where the cancer has developed [1].

The symptoms that are associated with pleural mesothelioma (in the lungs) include [1]:

  • A persistent cough that is painful
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that is felt directly under the ribs
  • Abnormal lumps underneath the skin on the chest area
  • Weight loss that is unexplainable

Symptoms that are associated with peritoneal mesothelioma (in the abdomen) include [1]:

  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Abnormal lumps in the abdomen
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Fluid buildup
  • Bowel obstruction

Pericardial mesothelioma (in the heart) is associated with symptoms such as [1]:

  • Chest pain
  • An irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • A heart murmur
  • Difficulty breathing or persistent coughing, even while resting or lying down
  • Night sweats and fever

These types of symptoms may also occur because of different health problems (e.g. heart disease). Therefore, it is important to see a physician so that a proper diagnosis can be made.

Testicular mesothelioma (in the testes) usually associated with [1, 2]:

  • Pain in the scrotum
  • Swelling or the growth of a cyst on the testicles

Additional symptoms that may occur with any form of mesothelioma during the early stages are constant fatigue and mild pain in the region where a tumor may develop. However, the initial symptoms of mesothelioma are generally mild and go unnoticed or are simply ignored early on. By the time more serious symptoms begin, the cancer may have already reached a late stage. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos please seek immediate medical attention even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms. In many cases, symptoms do not begin until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Early diagnosis can greatly improve your prognosis. In addition, if you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos click here to contact us for legal advice regarding possible financial compensation.


  1. Ahmed I, Ahmed Tipu S, Ishtiaq S. (2013). Malignantmesothelioma.Pak J Med Sci, 29(6):1433-1438. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905399/
  2. Chekol SS, Sun CC. (2012). Malignant mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis testis: diagnostic studies and differential diagnosis.Arch Pathol Lab Med, 136(1):113-117.Retrieved from http://www.archivesofpathology.org/doi/full/10.5858/arpa.2010-0550-RS

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