Radon can cause lung cancer
Radon can lead to lung cancer after many years of breathing it. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. The most important thing you can do is to test your home and find out if your home has high levels of radon.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Surgeon General strongly recommends all homes be tested for radon. Homes with radon levels of four picocuries per Liter (4 pCi/L) or higher should be fixed.
Three factors affecting lung cancer:
- Amount of radon in your home
- Amount of time spent in your home with radon
- Your smoking status
Smoking combined with radon is a serious health risk
Lung cancer causes more preventable deaths than any other cancer. The burden of lung cancer is felt differently between men and women. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women, P-2329, killing more women each year than breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer combined.
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Smokers are more at risk for lung cancer than nonsmokers
EPA Risk Estimates for Long-Term Radon Exposures in Homes
Average Radon Exposure
Lifetime Risk of Lung Cancer from Radon
|Persons who Never Smoked||Current Smokers|
|8 pCi/L||15 in 1,000||120 in 1,000|
|4 pCi/L||7 in 1,000||62 in 1,000|
|2 pCi/L||4 in 1,000||32 in 1,000|
|1.3 pCi/L||2 in 1,000||20 in 1,000|
|Based on 1999 NAS Report|
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