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 with radon mitigation, and Thrasher can help. As a member of the National Radon Defense network, Thrasher is a certified and trained radon mitigation expert.
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 and into the air. If your home is located on top of a high concentration of radon gases, they can seep through the porous concrete footings and slabs of your home and get trapped inside instead of escaping out into the open air.
Radon gas is colorless and odorless, so a home radon test is the only way to know for sure if radon is present in your home. Over time, continuous exposure to radon leaves everyone in the home increasingly susceptible to lung cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, radon gas causes 15 percent of the world’s lung cancer cases and kills 20,000 people each year. By itself, 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 is ONLY a self-induced disease.
For those 20,000 non-smokers, radon-gas-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.
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 smoking 2.5 cigarettes each day. If your home has a radon level 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.