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
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Money Spent on Radon Each Year

  • Lung cancer caused by radon costs about $2 billion in medical care expenses and lost productivity.

High Numbers

  • 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