If you were exposed to asbestos at some point in your life, you may be anxious to know if you will develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. Of course, no one can say for sure whether you will develop mesothelioma but tests can determine if asbestos is present in your body. If you are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma these tests can also help your doctor confirm the diagnosis.
Mesothelioma Tests Can Confirm Asbestos Exposure
Although you may be symptom-free, just knowing that you may have been exposed to asbestos can be distressing. Mesothelioma can take years to develop, and symptoms may not appear for 50 years or more after asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma tests can reveal the degree to which asbestos may be present in your body.
Remember, though: the presence of asbestos indicates only that you are at risk for mesothelioma; further mesothelioma tests will be necessary to determine if you have the disease.
Mesothelioma Tests to Confirm the Diagnosis
If you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent cough, hoarseness, abdominal pain and swelling, night sweats, or unexplained weight loss, your doctor may want to conduct tests for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma testing begins with a physical examination. Routine tests for mesothelioma include a urinalysis, chest X-ray, and lung function test. If these tests reveal any abnormalities, your doctor may refer you to a specialist, who may order more advanced mesothelioma tests, such as a CT scan, to see if there is any thickening or fluid buildup in the pleura or peritoneum.
While these findings increase the suspicion of mesothelioma, they do not confirm the diagnosis. To do that, your doctor will perform a biopsy to obtain fluid or tissue samples to be analyzed by a pathologist for the presence of cancer.
You May Be Eligible for Compensation
If your mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages, pain, and suffering. To learn how a mesothelioma lawsuit can bring you justice and peace of mind, call Sokolove Law today at 1-888-360-4215.