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Steve McQueen Lost His Battle With Lung Cancer At Age 50. Doctors Believe One Of His Hobbies Caused The Deadly Disease

Date November 15, 2018 16:41

Steve McQueen was one of the most iconic actors of the ‘60s and ‘70s. He could have starred in many more great movies, but he was taken from us too soon, when he was just 50 years old. The actor died on November 7, 1980, after a 2-year-long battle with lung cancer. The saddest thing of all is the fact that his death could have been prevented.

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How did Steve McQueen die and what caused his illness?

In 1978, the actor developed persistent cough. About a year later, he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer for which there was no effective treatment at the time of his diagnosis.

In 1980, McQueen went to Mexico to try a last-resort treatment. In October that year, while still in Mexico, he underwent surgery to remove a massive tumor in his liver. His heart stopped on November 7, just twelve hours after the surgery.

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Why did the actor develop lung cancer at a relatively young age? Smoking was one of the causes, but there was another major factor that contributed to his disease. Doctor Nicholas Gonzalez, who was mentored by one of the doctors who treated Steve McQueen, explained what caused the actor to develop mesothelioma:

Mesothelioma is associated with asbestos exposure. Well, he was a motorcycle fanatic, and in those days the pipes of motorcycles were lined with asbestos. He would work on his own motorcycles – he was a great mechanic. He was exposed to a huge amount of asbestos and he ended up with mesothelioma.

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What causes mesothelioma to develop?

One of the best-studied factors that cause this type of cancer to develop is exposure to asbestos. According to the American Cancer Society, people at a high risk of exposure to asbestos include miners, factory workers, insulation manufacturers and installers, railroad and automotive workers, ship builders, plumbers, and construction workers.

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Other factors that have been linked to mesothelioma include the following:

  • exposure to high doses of radiation, including radiation therapy;
  • exposure to SV40 virus;
  • exposure to zeolites.

Also, the disease is more common in men than in women, as men are more likely to be exposed to asbestos at work.

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If you develop persistent cough and other symptoms that may suggest lung cancer, see your doctor as soon as you can.

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