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What is mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. It's usually caused by long-term exposure to asbestos fibers in the air.

Moderate to severe shoulder pain can be one of the first symptoms of a type of this cancer called pleural mesothelioma, but it's rare. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining around your lungs.

More common first symptoms of this condition are chest pain, a cough, and shortness of breath.

If you have this disease, you may also feel that your shoulder joint just doesn't move or work well.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems.”

Moffitt Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumor Treatment Information.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumors.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Symptoms of Lung Cancer.”

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology: “Shoulder ring complaints as a rare first symptom of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Mesothelioma.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Mesothelioma.”

Ugeskrift for Laeger/Weekly Journal for Physicians: “Shoulder Pain as the First Sign of Disseminated Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on October 24, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems.”

Moffitt Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumor Treatment Information.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumors.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Symptoms of Lung Cancer.”

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology: “Shoulder ring complaints as a rare first symptom of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Mesothelioma.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Mesothelioma.”

Ugeskrift for Laeger/Weekly Journal for Physicians: “Shoulder Pain as the First Sign of Disseminated Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on October 24, 2019

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