Lung cancer isnt just for smokers. According to Environmental Protection Agency estimates, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. It causes more than 20,000 deaths a year.
The odorless, colorless gas is produced by the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium. For many Americans, the greatest risk comes from their very own home, which radon gas can infiltrate from the ground up.
January is National Radon Action Month. The EPA is organizing a wide range of events and public service announcements to raise awareness, encourage testing and promote radon-resistant building practices.
The only ways to test for radon gas are to use an at-home test-kit or to hire a professional. The inexpensive at-home kit can be ordered through your local hardware store, or is available through major retailers and home improvement stores. If radon is found in your home, follow the EPAs guide to radon removal, Who Can Test or Fix Your Home?
Of course, testing for and dealing with radon is a hassle and extra expense and who needs that? But, if testing and action mean avoiding lung cancer, youll be glad you took the time.
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