Many people in our state don’t know what radon is or why it is dangerous. …
There are some some definite links between radon gas and lung cancer. Tobacco smoke is the primary cause of lung cancer. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of death by lung cancer. It is also the primary cause of lung cancer death for nonsmokers. Radon gas is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Of the 300,000 annual lung cancer cases in the US, about 14% are attributed to radon. With lung cancer being a leading cause of cancer death worldwide, it’s important to understand radon gas and lung cancer.
How Does Radon Cause Lung Cancer?
Radon is an odorless, tasteless and radioactive gas that occurs as uranium decays in the soil. As it enters your home, through cracks and pores in the foundation the radioactive particles can begin to cause cellular damage to the lining of the lungs.
If your home has high radon levels, it is imperative that you install a radon mitigation (removal) system as long term exposure can lead to lung cancer. Mitigate your home to greatly reduces the risk of contracting radon related lung cancer.
Is radon gas exposure a real threat to your families health?
Have you seen radon stories or “the silent killer” on the news? You may have brushed them off as just scare tactics. But a home with high radon levels exposes you to the risk of lung cancer. Recent studies throughout Canada and the United States have measured the radon levels in the homes of people diagnosed with lung cancer and compared them to the levels of radon in the homes of people who have not developed lung cancer. The results of this analysis demonstrated an increased risk of lung cancer for people who had an elevated exposure to household radon. Learn more about radon gas and lung cancer at cancer.gov.