Lung cancer kills thousands of people every year. The survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, only 11-15% of those afflicted will live beyond five years.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause, but the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause.
Radon was identified as a health problem when scientists realized that underground uranium miners who were exposed to radon died of lung cancer at high rates. Radon gas in the air breaks down into tiny radioactive decay products. These can get lodged in the lining of the lungs. This damages lung cells and can lead to lung cancer.
Most exposure to radon comes from being indoors, though radon can also be found in water supplies. The gas can seep through cracks in homes, offices, schools, and other buildings. Radon levels vary greatly throughout the United States, depending on characteristics of the rock and soil in the area. The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated radon levels.
In the EPA’s “Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction”, it states,
“Radon reduction systems work. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99 percent. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. Your costs may vary depending on the size and design of your home and which radon reduction methods are needed. Get an estimate from one or more qualified radon mitigation contractors. Hundreds of thousands of people have reduced radon levels in their homes.”
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