A Kentucky resident experiencing problems swallowing may have an early sign indicating a cancer diagnosis of mesothelioma. Known as dysphagia, this type of symptom involving swallowing difficulties is not usually associated with asbestos-related illnesses. However, a Spanish medical journal recently published an article expressing the view that a swallowing problem could indicate the beginning stage of mesothelioma. There are two types of mesothelioma: pleural mesothelioma affects the lungs, and peritoneal mesothelioma affects the abdomen.
Nine out of 10 people diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma experience chest pain, breathing difficulties or both symptoms. Some patients may begin to cough. Peritoneal mesothelioma affecting the abdomen may cause the stomach area to feel bloated or painful. Approximately 20% of patients diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness are afflicted with peritoneal mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure is always the cause for every type of mesothelioma.
Dysphagia is also caused by strokes, dementia, head injuries, cancer of the esophagus or cancer of the mouth. According to the Spanish medical journal, a small number of patients with mesothelioma experience dysphagia. In most cases, dysphagia is not an early warning of mesothelioma. Most people do not experience any warning signs indicating that they have mesothelioma. Consequently, the cancer is typically too powerful to treat by the time a doctor makes the diagnosis.
Even though there is no cure for mesothelioma, an early medical diagnosis may help the patient live a longer, more productive life. Someone who is dealing with mesothelioma may want to contact an attorney. An employer that required an individual to work in an area contaminated with asbestos may be considered liable for damages. By filing a lawsuit, the patient could get compensation that covers medical costs.