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Tip #16: Radon and Lung Cancer.

Radon exposure is the number two cause of lung cancer in the U.S., second only to cigarette smoking. It is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

It’s estimated between 15,000 to 22,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer.  A majority of those deaths occur among people who also smoke cigarettes. Of the 11,000 lung cancer deaths among non-smokers, an estimated 20 to 25 percent are radon-related.

 Radon in your home can originate from a number of sources, including:

  • Building materials
  • Well water
  • Outside air that seeps into your home through cracks in the foundation, walls and floors
  • Smoke detectors installed in your home
  • Certain clocks and watches

If you’d like a certified technician to measure the radon levels in your home or other indoor environment, you can contact the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists at http://aarst.org/. Testing costs from $100 to $300.

Do-it-yourself test kits for radon run between $20 and $30 and can be purchased online and at your local hardware store.

  1. February 26, 2010 at 14:03

    Hi Jess. Thanks for spreading the word about Radon. This is a very important subject to me. The state of Oregon House of Reps just passed a bill to make radon testing mandatory and mitigation action for high levels.

    I recently started a new fan page on Facebook called “Official petition for Massachusetts legislation on indoor radon levels.” Here is the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Petition-for-Massachusetts-Legislation-on-Indoor-Radon-Levels/328748706217

    Thanks again for spreading the word.

    • February 26, 2010 at 17:36

      I appreciate your comments, thank you for your post. I wish other states would take follow Orgeon’s lead and make radon testing mandatory. My aim with my blog, is to make it as informative as possible.
      Jess Banda

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