Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma are chest pain and shortness of breath, but there are many other symptoms as well that often resemble other conditions.
Cold or Flu-like Symptoms
Sometimes the early signs of mesothelioma resemble a cold or the flu. It can be a cough that just won’t go away, fever, or fatigue. Nausea and vomiting may also be signs of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma patients often experience pain in the side of the chest. Some patients also experience lower back pain and abdominal or stomach pain.
People with mesothelioma will often lose weight without trying. Sometimes they will find that they are having difficulty swallowing. Swelling or fluid in the abdominal area is also a symptom.
Other common symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, excessive sweating and constipation. Any of the symptoms listed above can be a sign of mesothelioma.