We can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, but it might be in your home. Breathing in Radon is incredibly dangerous. Radon, a radioactive gas, enters your body when you breathe it in, and every time you do, it’s increasing your chances of lung cancer.
Among non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. Radiation is called the “complete carcinogen” because it can initiate, promote, and propagate cancer. The primary site of radon poisoning is inside of your home. The average person receives more radiation from their homes than from all other natural or man-made sources combined.
Breathing in Radon
As radon is a proven and very potent “Class A” carcinogen, safety limits on toxins or carcinogens in food or water are set at levels a thousand times less lethal than what is the risk from radon in an average American home. Radon is very dangerous, and we could be breathing it in every day without realizing it. Unfortunately, most people don’t know they’ve been exposed to radon gas until they’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Breathing radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, first leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Nationally, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Similar to your dental or medical check-ups, radon testing should be conducted regularly at least twice a year. Like people, no two houses are the same. Radon levels can also vary between neighbors, so don’t rely on their results to determine whether or not to test for radon.