Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rock. It occurs naturally in the environment and is typically found in the air and water. The average outdoor radon level is 0.4 pCi/L, but in concentrations of 4 pCi/L or more, exposure can be dangerous. No matter if your home is in Louisville, Nicholasville, Lexington or Richmond, there is some radon in your home.
The U.S. Surgeon General, World Health Organization (WHO), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage homeowners to have their air tested for radon. There are serious health risks associated with prolonged exposure. WHO advises homes with radon concentration levels of 2.7 pCi/L or more should take immediate action to reduce radon levels. Health risks are significantly higher in homes and buildings with radon concentration levels of 4 pCi/L or more.
Radon exposure is most strongly linked with lung cancer. In fact, over 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. According to EPA, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. If you are exposed to high concentrations of radon, you could be at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. This risk is especially high in children, who may be at almost twice the risk as adults. People with respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema are also particularly susceptible effects from radon exposure.
The American Lung Association has noted that many people with early stage lung cancer do not have symptoms. In those who do have symptoms, these symptoms are the most common:
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