What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas created during the natural breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils. It is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground and into homes and buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation, although there are other sources.
Homes trap radon inside, where it can accumulate.
Any home can have a problem, not just those built on soil and rock types with high geologic potential for radon release. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated levels.
Health Effects of Exposure Breathing to air that contains radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, the United States Surgeon General has warned that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today, and is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. If you smoke and your home has high levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Detailed information about the health effect of prolonged exposure can be found on the EPA’s Radon Health Risks Webpage
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