Steve McQueen, also known as the “King of Cool,” took over the box-office in the sixties and seventies. Involved in many films, he even received an Academy Award nomination. In 1974, he became the world’s highest-paid movie star, even after taking a four year leave of absence. A few short years later, the young actor’s life ended too soon, after a persistent cough turned into so much more.
Asbestos Exposure and a Diagnosis of Mesothelioma
After developing the persistent cough in 1978, Steve quit smoking and quickly began antibiotic treatments to no avail. Over time, Steve began experiencing shortness of breath. He received a biopsy of his lungs in December of 1979 which resulted in a diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma.
This type of mesothelioma, or cancer caused by asbestos exposure, does not have a known cure. Needing to understand his diagnosis, Steve quickly believed the cause of his exposure to be directly linked to soundstage insulation and suits used to protect race car drivers. He also believed exposure occurred due to asbestos inside a troop ship while serving as a Marine.
The cancer began to metastasize throughout his body. In November of 1980, after receiving multiple types of treatment, Steve died of cardiac arrest after a surgery to remove a tumor in his neck and abdomen.
Mesothelioma Can Develop Long After Exposure
Steve McQueen’s story rings true to the fact that asbestos exposure can happen long before the development of mesothelioma. Thousands of people become exposed to asbestos through their jobs, military service or in their homes.
According to The Mesothelioma Center, the typical latency period associated with mesothelioma is 20 to 50 years, with recent studies showing a median of 30 to 45 years. This means that a lot of time can pass between exposure and the first symptom of the disease.
Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure does not only affect the lungs. In fact, there are other types of mesothelioma that are less common but deadly. You should see your physician if any symptom such as a dry cough, pain while breathing, abnormal pain in other areas of the body, weight loss, fever or fatigue occurs.
If you think you have experienced exposure to asbestos, make sure you receive advanced testing from your doctor.
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