Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes seeps into your home from the surrounding soil. It is created when uranium decays in rocks and soil. Living in a home that has high radon levels, can put you at risk of contracting lung cancer. In fact radon is attributed to cause 21,000 lung cancer related deaths each year. So what happens when you combine high radon & smoking?
Smoking is the cause of 80-90% of lung cancer. This is the number one cause of lung cancer, followed by Radon gas. Combining the two is a serious health risk. The CDC has stated that if you live in a home with high radon levels AND smoke, you are 10 times more likely to get lung cancer. 10 times more likely! Is that a risk that you are willing to take?
How to Reduce the Risk of Lung Cancer
The first thing that anyone would tell you here is, of course, to stop smoking. I know this may be easier said than done so if you need help, reach out to a help quit line today.
The second thing you can do is test your home for radon gas. Radon testing is a very easy process that can be completed in just a few days. Simply fill out the form on this page to request a FREE radon test be sent to your home. Follow the step by step instructions and you can quickly find out if your home has high radon levels. Once radon levels are known, you will know if radon reduction (mitigation) is necessary.
Remember that any home can have high radon levels. And remember that radon & smoking create a higher risk of lung cancel. In fact, one in three throughout Utah have high radon levels. Contact the experts at 801-871-0715 to learn more.