How Is Mesothelioma Diagnosed?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, it is generally not diagnosed until after an individual visits the doctor due to symptoms he or she is experiencing. If you suspect that you have mesothelioma, or you believe you were exposed to asbestos, your doctor will have to examine you and perform certain tests to properly diagnose you.
Here is what you need to know about the diagnosis process for mesothelioma:
- Physical exam: If you experience any signs or symptoms that suggest you might have mesothelioma, your doctor will ask for your medical history and inquire about your symptoms as well as possible risk factors, such as asbestos exposure. The physical exam he or she performs will provide information regarding possible signs of mesothelioma or other potential health problems. Fluid can build up in the affected areas of a person’s body, which can be found during a physical exam. Additionally, your doctor might perform imaging tests, blood tests, and other procedures.
- Imaging tests: Imaging tests might also be performed to create pictures of the inside of your body. They might be done to look at the suspected cancerous areas, to learn how far the cancer might have spread, and to help determine if administered treatments are working.
- Blood tests: Blood levels of osteopontin or soluble mesothelin-related peptides are higher in individuals with mesothelioma. While this condition cannot be diagnosed with blood tests alone, detecting high these in high quantities can make a diagnosis more likely.
- Fluid and tissue samples: While symptoms and test results can provide a strong indication that a person has mesothelioma, diagnosis ultimately requires the removal of cells from an abnormal area and examining them under a microscope. This procedure is known as a biopsy and it can be done in a number of ways, depending on one’s situation.
Florida Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you were recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, someone else might be responsible for your condition. It is important to know that you have legal rights. At The Ferraro Law Firm, our Miami legal team is here to protect those rights and are prepared to provide the fierce and personalized representation you deserve. Speak with one of our asbestos attorneys today.
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