When patients having pleural mesothelioma are examined by nonspecialists, at first, the symptoms may be overlooked often being mistaken for less serious health conditions such as bronchial infection, COPD, and pneumonia. In patients with peritoneal mesothelioma, they may at the outset be diagnosed with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or ovarian cancer.
Also, pericardial mesothelioma, being so rare, it may be confused with a condition like heart attack, or coronary heart disease. If there is misdiagnosis of mesothelioma, it could lead to delay in getting proper treatment.
If you think you might have been exposed to asbestos, you may want to request to have annual cancer screening and if you experience pulmonary or abdominal issues in anytime of your life, ensure you tell your medical professional about any asbestos exposure you could have had.