What Exactly is Radon, Anyways?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is a byproduct of the decay of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon can enter homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, and floors, and can accumulate to dangerous levels over time. In this blog post, we will discuss what radon is and the effects it can cause on the human body.
Radon is a known carcinogen, which means it can cause cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the US. The risk of developing lung cancer from radon exposure depends on several factors, including the level of radon, the duration of exposure, and whether the person is a smoker or has a history of smoking.
When radon is inhaled, it can damage the DNA in the cells lining the lungs, which can lead to cancer. The risk of developing lung cancer increases with the level of radon exposure. According to the EPA, the risk of developing lung cancer from radon exposure is about 20 times higher for smokers than for non-smokers. However, even non-smokers can develop lung cancer from radon exposure.
Symptoms of radon exposure can take years to develop, and may include a persistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, and frequent respiratory infections. These symptoms can be similar to those of other lung conditions, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis from a healthcare provider.
The good news is that radon exposure can be detected and mitigated. Homeowners can hire a licensed home inspector to test the levels of radon in your home with specialized equipment. If high levels of radon are detected, a professional radon mitigation contractor can install a system to reduce the level of radon in the home.
In conclusion, radon is a dangerous gas that can cause cancer and other health problems. It is important for homeowners to test their homes for radon and take steps to mitigate high levels of radon if detected. By doing so, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from the harmful effects of radon exposure.
For more information on radon, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's(EPA): https://www.epa.gov/radon
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