Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure.
- There are no symptoms of radon exposure
- You can’t see, smell or taste radon
- Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non smokers. It is second only to cigarette smoking
- If you are a smoker, you are at a greater risk from Radon induced lung cancer
- Radon is a Class A carcinogen
- Alpha radiation is released as the Radon Gas decays
- Radon is not known to cause any other health problems or symptoms
- Radon is estimated to cause over 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year
- You cannot estimate radon levels based upon the homes age, location, design or test results from a neighbor’s home.
1 out of every 5 Homes in Connecticut is Estimated to Have Elevated Radon Levels.
1 out of every 4 Homes in Rhode Island is Estimated to Have Elevated Radon Levels.
Radon is formed by natural radioactive decay of uranium rock, soil, and water. Low levels of uranium occur widely in earth’s crust naturally. Radon is found in all 50 states in America. Radon moves through the ground to the air above when it is produced. Radon also remains below the surface and dissolves in water that collects and flows under the ground’s surface.
Harm may occur over long periods of time because radon is considered a low level dose of radiation . Radon gas is likely to account for the greatest amount of radiation exposure, (55%), in a typical person’s lifetime, followed by CAT scans, (11%).