Radon Exposure Dangers

Radon is a deadly, serious problem that most Americans know very little about. Indoor radon exposure can be reduced, yet many homes go untested. Testing radon levels doesn’t need to be limited to the purchase process. We can perform radon testing anytime and highly recommend homeowners periodically have their homes tested. Without testing, elevated radon levels go undetected.

We hope this information will help to explain the devastating impact indoor radon exposure can have.

  • Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
  • Radon enhances the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
  • The US EPA and the Science Advisory Board increased their radon risk assessment in 2004 by more than 50% and now estimate 21,000 Americans die of radon-induced lung cancer annually.
  • 12% of all lung cancer deaths in the US are linked to radon exposure.
  • According to the Science Advisory Board, “radon inhalation is the largest source of collective radiation exposure (and presumably radiation risk) to the U.S. population as a whole.”
  • The US Surgeon General issued a Health Advisory in 2005, warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air.
  • Because radon is a Class A carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer, the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend all homebuyers test for indoor radon.

Radon Exposure Information

You may also be interested in reading “Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics’ “Study Shows Link Between Residential Radon Exposure and Lung Cancer“; or this news release from the United States Department of Health & Human Services: “Surgeon General Releases National Health Advisory On Radon.

Lung Cancer & Radon Risks

Radon Level[a] Lifetime Risk of Lung Cancer Death (per person) from Radon Exposure in Homes[b]
pCi/L Never
Smokers
Current
Smokers[c]
General
Population
20 36 out of 1,000 26 out of 100 11 out of 100
10 18 out of 1,000 15 out of 100 56 out of 1,000
8 15 out of 1,000 12 out of 100 45 out of 1,000
4 73 out of 10,000 62 out of 1,000 23 out of 1,000
2 37 out of 10,000 32 out of 1,000 12 out of 1,000
1.25 23 out of 10,000 20 out of 1,000 73 out of 10,000
0.4 73 out of 100,000 64 out of 10,000 23 out of 10,000
[a] Assumes constant lifetime exposure in homes at these levels.
[b] Estimates are subject to uncertainties as discussed in Chapter VIII of the risk assessment.
[c] Note: BEIR VI did not specify excess relative risks for current smokers.

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