If you believe you may have had prolonged exposure to asbestos it is important to continually monitor your health by routinely visiting your primary care doctor and discussing any possible asbestos related symptoms.  Your doctor will examine you and perform necessary testing procedures for asbestos exposure related illnesses such as lung cancer or mesothelioma.  The first step your doctor will take is to examine your prior medical history to see if there is any evidence of symptoms or asbestos exposure.

When the doctor examines you he will use his stethoscope or tapping techniques on chest or back to see if there is any fluid buildup in your lungs. Plueral mesothelioma can cause fluid to buildup around the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma can cause fluid to buildup around the tissues of the stomach or abdomen.  For pericardial mesothelioma fluid builds up around the lining of the heart.  Hopefully, the doctor when using his stethoscope will pickup signs of a fluid buildup before the illness becomes too difficult to manage. The big problem is that mesothelioma or lung cancer typically does not show major symptoms until it is too late to treat the illness and leads to a dire prognosis.

Further imaging scans may be used to obtain a more in depth diagnosis.  X-rays,  scans, and MRI’s are useful to see deeper within the body to find evidence of tissue buildup or growths associated with mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.  They may also be able to see evidence of lung scarring which further shows evidence of asbestos exposure.

There are blood tests and DNA tests that may reveal the presence of mesothelioma. The ultimate for mesothelioma is a biopsy procedure where fluid or tissue samples are taken from inside the body and sent to a lab for thorough inspection to determine if there is a presence of mesothelioma cells.  If you believe you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or think you are a victim of asbestos exposure it important to also seek advice from qualified mesothelioma and asbestos  lawyer to learn what your rights are against the parties that may be liable for your asbestos exposure.