January was National Radon Action Month, it’s important to know the effects radon in your home can have on you and your family.
From U.S. News,
“Radon is actually the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States,” says Bill Field, a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa. “About 21,000 people die each year from it. People really underestimate its importance.”
Lung cancer is the only type of cancer with a proven association to protracted exposure to radon. “We have some suspicions it may be related to other types of cancers, but there are no studies that have conclusively shown that,” Field says.
As a cause of lung cancer in the U.S., radon is surpassed only by smoking. And people who smoke are even more vulnerable when exposed to radon. “If you’re a smoker and you live in a house with radon, your risk is geometrically higher than just being a smoker without it,” says Janice Nolen, assistant vice president for national policy at the American Lung Association. “The two together combine to worsen your risk of developing lung cancer.”
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