As more studies are done about radon gas, more information is revealed. There is a lot of scary information out there about the health risk it can pose to you and your family. But there are also a lot of people that scoff about radon gas. If you have heard people from both sides, you may be asking yourself, should I be worried about radon? Firstly, it is important to understand what radon gas is and also who is giving us the information on it.
What is radon gas?
Radon gas is the earths only naturally produced radioactive gas. It comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. It can enter your home through cracks and openings in the foundation. This is when it can become a concern for your health. As it is inhaled into the lungs, radon damages the DNA in lung tissue and actually cause cancer. Studies have shown that radon accounts for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.
Who has done these studies?
There have been many studies done on radon gas. Organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) both have firm stances on radon gas. Both of these organizations have recommended action levels. After testing for radon, these help you determine if you need to take action against radon gas. Another big organization here in Utah that has done studies about radon is Huntsman Cancer Institute. They have stated that your risk for contracting lung cancer depends on three things:
- What are the radon levels in your home?
- How much time do you spend in your home?
- Are you a smoker?
Wondering about the smoking? Smoking is the number one leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is second. When you combine the two, you are at even higher risk of contracting lung cancer.
So if you have asked yourself, should I be worried about radon? The answer is yes. Each of these organizations have stated that radon is a health concern if it is present in your home. All of them recommend testing your home for radon. Which is a simple process. Fill out the form on this page or call us to set up a FREE radon test.
If your home does have high radon levels, don't worry. Radon can be reduced with an affordable radon mitigation system. Once you have your test results, contact us for a quote on mitigation.