For people who have worked around asbestos, mesothelioma is a very real risk. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma can often be mistaken for other types of lung disease, cancerous and non-cancerous alike. Symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Persistent cough
- Fluid or blood from the lungs while coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
If you have any of the symptoms of mesothelioma and have worked around asbestos, even as long as 50 years ago, you should contact your doctor right away. If your diagnosis is positive, the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Long & Long are ready to help you get the compensation you need for the medical assistance you will require.
Methods of Detection
The most common way to detect mesothelioma is through an X-Ray or CT scan. Other methods include:
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to detect tiny particles of radiation from the lungs
Biopsy to view the lung tissue under a high powered microscope
Because mesothelioma is difficult to detect and can easily be confused with other types of cancer, new methods are being developed to detect mesothelioma:
- Blood tests to detect SMR protein, and osteopontin glycoprotein
- Histochemistry is a new method that detects the specific compounds of mesothelioma in a biopsy
- Immunochemistry allows the doctor to eliminate other forms of cancer, but may not specifically identify mesothelioma
Only your doctor can diagnose mesothelioma and, as with all cancers, early detection is key to your future health. Again, if you are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with mesothelioma, you should contact your doctor immediately for a diagnosis.
If you or a loved one in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, or Baldwin County, Alabama, has been exposed to asbestos and contracted mesothelioma, please contact the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Long & Long to discuss your case, and work towards getting the compensation you will need.