Research about the connection between radon gas and lung cancer has gained more attention in recent years. But there's good news: radon levels can be reduced significantly, and Thrasher can help.
As a member of the National Radon Defense network of radon mitigation experts, Thrasher is a certified and trained radon mitigation expert in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Contact us today for more information about radon testing and our radon reduction services.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has become the second-leading cause of lung cancer -- second only to cigarette smoke.
Radon is a byproduct of uranium decay, and all soils and rocks contain different concentrations of uranium. As uranium breaks down over time, it releases radon and polonium. These two toxic byproducts then seep up and out of the soil. If your home is located on top of a high concentration of those gases, they seep through the porous concrete footings and slabs of your home and get trapped instead of escaping out into the open air.
Radon is undetectable with our senses, so it easily goes unnoticed. Over time, continuous exposure to radon leaves everyone in the home increasingly susceptible to lung cancer.
Radon testing can help limit your risk for lung cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, radon causes 15 percent of the world's lung cancer cases and kills 20,000 people each year. Lung cancer kills more people each year than the other top cancers combined. It also receives the least amount of funding, because many people believe it's a self-induced disease.
For those 20,000 non-smokers who haven't spent extensive time around smokers, radon related lung cancer is far from self-induced. Radon induced lung cancer kills one person every 25 minutes, putting radon in the company of arsenic, asbestos and benzene as a Class-A Carcinogen.
That radon gas was actually a vital aspect of the gaseous makeup of the atomic bomb? Although the levels of radon that resulted from the atomic bombs far exceed the amounts of radon found in a home, the principle remains the same -- radon gas is very harmful and can be deadly!
While the effects of smoking cigarettes are far more recognizable when compared to the effects of radon exposure, there is very little separating the severity of these two causes of lung cancer. How can smoking cigarettes be compared to radon exposure?
Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter, or pCi/L. A measurement of 1 pCi/L is equal to 2.5 cigarettes each day. If your home has a reading of 4 pCi/L, which is the Environmental Protection Agency's required action level, every person is breathing in the equivalent of 10 cigarettes per day.
Contact Thrasher today to get a radon inspection and mitigation system in your home. There is no reason to wait any longer to address the risks of radon. We offer free estimates on all our radon services in Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Kearney, Grand Island, Fremont, North Platte, Norfolk and the nearby areas.