The time from exposure to asbestos to showing symptoms of mesothelioma can be anywhere between 15 to 45 years. However it can develop quickly once symptoms appear.   

This page lists the symptoms ofmesothelioma. If you are worried about any of these symptoms, please contact your GP or call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 169 2409.  

The main symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are:  
  • shortness of breath 
  • chest pain 
  • cough 
  • sweating 
  • loss of appetite 
  • weight loss 
  • fatigue and lethargy 
The main symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are:   
  • Pain in the abdomen (stomach) 
  • A swollen abdomen 
  • Constipation or diarrhoea 
  • Feeling or being sick 
  • Indigestion 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Weight loss 
  • Night Sweats  
  • Fatigue 

What should I do if I have symptoms?

This page lists the symptoms of mesothelioma. If you are worried about any of these symptoms, please:


  • Contact your GP
  • Call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 169 2409

I, personally, wanted to thank you for your support and guidance through this horrific disease. You’ve listened to me moan and shout with frustration and have been patient when I’ve asked you so many questions that you must have been asked a thousand times.

Once again I would like to thank Mesothelioma UK for their support of the nurse…. Throughout the diagnostic and palliative care treatment she was a constant source of help, care and advice to us as a family and made a difficult and painful illness more endurable for my husband and .. for myself.

We would like to thank everyone at the mesothelioma charity for their help and kindness while [patient]was unwell. Your support was fantastic and made things a lot easier for both my mum and dad at a very difficult and upsetting time. Thank you very much.

(3 minutes)