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Lung cancer blog: How much radon gas are you breathing in?

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Aug 19, 2005

How much radon gas are you breathing in?

How much radon gas are you breathing in? Smoking is by far the most important risk factor for development of lung cancer. Exposure to tobacco smoke through passive smoking (inhaling tobacco smoke while staying near a smoker) is also associated with increased risk of lung cancer development.

Exposure to radon gas in your home environment is another risk factor for the development of lung cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that radon causes up to 15% of lung cancers worldwide. Exposure to radon is easily controllable, but has not received any significant public attention so far.

More than 20,000 Americans develop lung cancer each year from radon exposure alone. Dr. Carmona, the Surgeon General of the United States urges Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing. He stressed the need to remedy the problem as soon as possible if the radon level is 4 pCi/L or more.

Two recently published studies show definitive evidence of an association between residential radon exposure and lung cancer. These two new studies, a North American study and a European study, both combined data from several previous residential studies. These two new studies go a step beyond earlier findings. They confirm the radon health risks predicted by occupational studies of underground miner's who breathed radon for a period of years.

It is time to check the amount of radon at your home.

Scott      Return to Lung Cancer Blog Main


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