Radon Health Risks
Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. For smokers, the risk of developing lung cancer is dramatically increased when exposed to even moderate concentrations of radon gas. According to the Surgeon General, not enough citizens are aware of the dangers or consider themselves at risk. Over the past decade, the EPA and dozens of other organizations including the American Lung Association, have escalated public awareness campaigns to educate both adults and children to the health risks associated with radon gas.
According to the EPA, studies find direct evidence linking radon in homes to lung cancer – Two studies show definitive evidence of an association between residential radon exposure and lung cancer. Two studies, a North American study, and a European study, both combined data from several previous residential studies. These two studies go a step beyond earlier findings.