Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVD

16 Mar 2018 by under News, People

stevemcqueen 100x100 Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVDThe movie Steve McQueen: American Icon, the story of the American actor called the “King of Cool,” is now available on digital DVD. The “bad boy” actor was one of the highest paid actors in the 1970s, and went on to star in movies likes The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. But his career was unexpectedly cut short after he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s. He died in 1981.

McQueen cleaned asbestos-lined pipes while serving in the marines from 1947 to 1950, and spent much of his time in the service working onboard naval ships and in the shipyards, where asbestos was widely used. He was also such an avid fan of motorcycles that he often worked on his own bike, where he also came into contact with asbestos used in motorcycle brake linings, exhaust wrap and gaskets. Asbestos was also widely used on movie sets for special effects and stunts, and was considered a safer alternative to other fake snow products.

Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that was used liberally in the late 20th century in fire-resistant and insulating materials including brake linings. Its microscopic fibers can easily be inhaled and lodge in the lining of the lungs where over a period of years or decades they can create scarring and tumors. Asbestos can lead to deadly diseases such as , asbestosis and lung cancer.

It was widely reported that McQueen had lung cancer, but a lot of people were unaware that he had a rare and deadly form of the disease known as malignant mesothelioma, a tumor of the tissue that lines the lungs. It can also affect the lining of the stomach, heart and other organs. This incurable and lethal disease is caused by exposure to asbestos and thus is completely preventable.

The movie, : American Idol, follows the actor’s avid fan, Pastor Greg Laurie, who travels the country in his mint Mustang in search of the true, untold story of McQueen’s life.

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