Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At In the working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Mae Keane quit, and survived.
1928 cartoon showing death hovering over "Radium Girls" who died young from bone cancers after ingesting the radioactive element for years while painting watch dials. Mae Keane, the last of the radium girls, died on March 2014 at the age of
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