Sadly, once you have been exposed to asbestos there is no way you can prevent mesothelioma from developing. That is not to say that everyone who is exposed to asbestos develops mesothelioma, or any other asbestos condition such as asbestosis or pleural thickening, you are just more at risk of these conditions once you have been exposed to asbestos.

Once mesothelioma has been diagnosed, some people may find it easier to deal with if they know what to expect, here are a few of the symptoms someone might experience:

Shortness of breath

More common with those suffering with pleural mesothelioma, sufferers are likely to experience shortness of breath as the disease spreads through the lung lining, making it difficult to breathe.

Chest pain

As the disease spreads through the lungs it can put pressure on the lung tissue, causing chest pain.

Pleural effusion

Again more common with pleural mesothelioma. This is a build-up of fluid in the lungs, this can also cause shortness of breath and chest pain and, in most cases, can be relieved by inserting a chest drain to remove the excess fluid. Mesothelioma patients may have a number of chest drains as the fluid can build up again once it has been removed.


Generally associated with peritoneal mesothelioma, ascites is a build-up of fluid in the stomach, like pleural effusion, this can be drained through a procedure called abdominal paracentesis.

Digital clubbing

Mesothelioma can cause a reduced level of oxygen in the blood and this can cause digital clubbing, this is where the fingers and toes become round and bulbous.

This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms and everyone who suffers with mesothelioma will have their own symptoms in their fight against this horrible disease.

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