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Getting diagnosed

Your GP will refer you to a specialist if they think your symptoms could be due to mesothelioma. They won’t take chances. You then have tests to find out if there is cancer and, if so, what stage it is at.

Seeing your GP

Find out what to expect when you see your GP, and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when and why your GP might refer you to a cancer specialist, and what to expect when you see one.


Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. There is no UK screening programme for mesothelioma.

Tests to diagnose

See which tests you might have to check for any signs of mesothelioma, and how you have them.

Tests to stage

If mesothelioma is diagnosed, you have further tests to see how big the tumour is and whether it has spread. This is called staging. See which tests you might have, and how you have them.


Last reviewed: 
06 Sep 2018

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