Most doctors here in Ohio and elsewhere would have no reason to suspect that an individual suffered exposure to asbestos at some point in the past. Even so, this piece of information is vital in order to help explain certain symptoms as they arise, such as a shortness of breath, which could indicate mesothelioma, which is the rare cancer associated with such exposure. However, even knowing this about a patient does not guarantee an easy diagnosis.
To this point, the medical industry has not found a way to screen for mesothelioma. For this reason, a diagnosis involves numerous tests and often takes some time to reach. In fact, the most common symptoms of the disease could be attributed to any number of maladies. No one test may provide an accurate diagnosis. An Ohio resident suspected of having this form of cancer will need to submit to blood tests, imaging tests, genetic tests, biopsies and pulmonary function tests.
As is the case with any serious illness, the sooner it is diagnosed, the better the chances are that a variety of treatment options will be available. It should be noted that there is no cure for mesothelioma. Treatments may prolong life, but they will not rid an individual of the cancer.
Most individuals who suffer from mesothelioma contracted it through work-related asbestos exposure. Even though it takes decades for the disease to manifest, that does not mean that benefits are not available to help with medical and other costs associated with it. This is a complex area of law, and victims may not want to undertake any pursuit of those benefits alone and without the benefit of counsel.