Lung Cancer Blog: Radon And Lung Cancer
While cigarette smoking is still the leading cause of lung cancer, other factors such as passive smoking and exposure to radon gas from the house environment are increasingly coming in to highlight. Lung cancer from smoking and passing exposure to smoke claims an estimated 163,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. every year. It is estimated that radon is the cause of another 21,000 cases of lung cancer deaths annually in the United States, as per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
Experts claim that many of these deaths due to exposure to radon gas could be prevented if enough precautions are taken. Nationally, about 1 in 15 homes has high radon levels, and that number is higher in some states.
It is not possible to detect the presence of radon gas in your house environment because it is a colorless, odorless tasteless gas. Radon gas is produced as part of the natural decay process of uranium. Areas, which have high content of mineral such as some mountainous areas, may have a higher risk of increased levels of radon gas.
The risk of developing lung cancer increases with the degree of exposure to radon gas. Your house can be tested for the level of radon gas. Radon gas testing is easy and inexpensive and if the level of radon is found to be high it can be reduced by repaired at the cost of the average home repair. You can purchase a radon gas test kit in the local hardware store for under $35.
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Lung Cancer Blog: Radon And Lung Cancer
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