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Radon
(A Citizen's Guide to Radon)

The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon

Radon facts*

*Radon facts medical author:

  • Radon is a radioactive gas that is known to cause cancers.
  • Radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Radon is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
  • Radon is found all over the U.S. It can be detected in any type of building - homes, offices, and schools.
  • It is impossible to smell or taste radon.
  • Radon enters a home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. It builds up inside buildings.
  • Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
  • Testing for radon is easy. Both short-term and long-terms testing devices are available.
  • It is possible to reduce radon levels in the home if they are found to be elevated.

EPA Recommends for Radon

  • Test your home for radon - it's easy and inexpensive.
  • Fix your home if your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, or higher.
  • Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.

Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year
Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

* Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). The numbers of deaths from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2005-2006 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2006 National Safety Council Reports.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2012

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/radon_symptoms_poisoning_tests_cancer_causes/article.htm

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