I’ll give you my strength if I can have your remission - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Every year, thousands of people die of lung cancer. The majority of lung cancer cases are linked to cigarette smoking and exposure to occupational carcinogens such as asbestos. Yet, there are non-smokers who still develop lung cancer.
According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), a gas called radon is “the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America and claims about the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year." On a global scale, radon is estimated to cause 3 to 14% of all lung cancers.
Radon levels differ from place to place. Several countries including the UK, Canada and the U.S. have extensive information on ‘radon zones’. The U.S. EPA has come up with 3 distinct radon zones with zone 1 having the lowest radon levels whereas in Zones 2 and 3 there are literally thousands of individual homes with elevated radon levels.
The danger comes when radon accumulates to toxic levels. Levels are higher indoors than outdoors and may accumulate inside buildings, including our homes, offices and schools.. Because radon is heavier than air, it usually accumulates in the lower levels of a building, such as the basement or cellar. Aside from normal air exchange, cracks in the foundation or basement of buildings, drains, sumps, and pores in building materials may be the point of entry of radon from rock or soil.
Ironically, newer buildings may actually be more prone to high radon levels because of better isolation used for energy efficiency. And, there are even reports that our beautiful granite counters may be a major source of radon in our homes – who knew?
The U.S. Surgeon General, Health Canada, and UK Radon all recommend that homes be tested for radon. When it comes to radon exposure your government agencies are right on the money! Instead of being worried about airport full body scanners and pat-downs, perhaps we ought to be paying more attention to ensuring that our homes are as safe as possible!
RADON - The Hidden Environmental Hazard
Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Instead of being worried about airport scanners and pat-downs, perhaps we ought to be paying more attention to ensuring that our homes are as safe as possible!
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