Test Your Home for Radon

Medical Author: Melissa Stoppler, M.D.
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr, MD, FACP, FACR

You can't see, taste, or smell radon gas, but it may pose a cancer risk in your home.

A natural radioactive breakdown product of uranium, radon gas is the second most common cause of lung cancer. An estimated 12% of lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon gas, or 15,000 to 22,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Each year, more Americans are killed by radon-related lung cancer than by drunk drivers, home fires, or drownings. As with asbestos exposure, smoking also greatly increases the risk of lung cancer with radon exposure.

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