HEALTH IMPACTS OF RADON EXPOSURE
lung and respiratory disease
RADON CAN BE FOUND IN:
lowest levels of homes
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Radon is an invisible, odorless, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that is a proven carcinogen found throughout the U.S. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and can get into the air you breathe through your home’s foundation.
Because homes with increased levels have been found in every zone in the U.S., the Center for Disease Control recommends radon testing be done regardless of location.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air inside buildings. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and result in a high indoor radon level. Your family is most likely to get their greatest exposure at home.
Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. Scientists are more certain about radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.