Developing Lung Cancer Without Smoking: Cause for Concern

Many Americans die due to lung cancer every year, but many people only attribute these deaths to smoking.  As much as smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, there is one cause that sits ahead of secondhand smoking: exposure to Radon.

RadonWhat is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is commonly found in homes in the U.S. Exposure to this extremely harmful naturally occurring gas is actually responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every single year in the US.  For all those who don’t know or are wondering how an individual might become directly exposed to Radon, the answer is it could be in your very own home.

If the Radon level is within 1-2 pCi/L then there is really no cause for immediate concern and it is difficult to bring down much lower than that.  The outdoor radon level is approx. 0.4 pCi/L and the average indoor level is 1.3 pCi/L.  However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends radon mitigation at 2.7 pCi/L and the EPA is 4 pCi/L or more.

How Can You Tell If Your Home has Radon?

There is no way to tell without testing.  In order to protect yourselves and others against high Radon levels within your home, you should regularly have these levels checked.  Pristine Inspections & Testing has the most sophisticated equipment that allows us to detect and measure the radon levels in your home. This will ensure that each and every one of your family members, including yourself, and all guests within your home will not be subjected to high levels of this harmful gas.