Dangers of Radon
By: Carson McCabe
What are the Effects of Radon on our Health?
- Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General’s office estimate radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year
Money Spent on Radon Each Year
- Lung cancer caused by radon costs about $2 billion in medical care expenses and lost productivity.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 of 15 homes in the United States (as many as 1 of 3 homes in some states)—about 7 million homes—have high radon levels
How Can We Prevent Radon in our Health?
- Purchasing a radon test kit
- Testing your home or office
- Sending the kit to appropriate sources to determine radon levels
- Fixing your home if radon levels are high