Originally published by KVNO News and republished below with permission, the feature below discusses the dangers of radon exposure and the importance of radon testing for homeowners in Nebraska and Iowa.
You can view the KVNO feature in its entirety here, or by clicking the image below. KVNO - Radon poisonings raise awarenessOmaha – What would you do to combat a poisonous gas entering your home? One you can't see, smell or taste? Unfortunately, this is a question many Nebraskans need to answer.
Released into the air as naturally occurring uranium in the soil breaks down, radon gas can leak into homes and cause lung cancer. More than 20,000 people die of lung cancer in the U.S. each year. Dr. Susanna Von Essen is professor of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She says for many people the body detects the cancer causing cells and gets rid of them. But for some that 'cell-policing' process is not effective, and lung cancer can begin to grow. “This is a very, very serious disease.
Often it's not detected until it's advanced and at a point where we can't do so much for the patient.” Radon poisoning has a similar effect on the body as lead poisoning. To read this article in its entirety, click here or on the image above.