According to the American Cancer Society, just mentioning radon to most people, will result in a blank stare. But mention lung cancer, and you’ve got their attention! What most people don’t know is that exposure to radon, an invisible odorless gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. The good news is that a simple test can tell you if you need to take steps to reduce the risk to yourself and your family. January is a perfect time to test your home.
Radon, a radioactive gas from the soil and rock beneath many homes, keeps itself well hidden. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related.