The Health Concerns of Radon Gas
Many people have heard about Radon gas by now, but is all of the concern just a lot of hype?
Radon Gas is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can be found in the home throughout the United States. Radon is created naturally from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium and thorium, which can be found in different concentrations in soil and rock. Radon is more prevalent in areas with larger levels of granite concentrations.
Table of Contents
- Is Radon a Health Risk or Just Hype?
- Organizations that Consider Radon to be a Health Concern
- Test your Home for Radon
This brings us to the question:
Is radon a health risk or just hype?
When Radon gas breaks down into solid radioactive elements and enters into a home, it attaches to dust and other airborne particulates that can be absorbed into our lungs through respiration. During the decay and breakdown process of radon gas, it gives off radiation that damages the DNA inside of our body's cells.
When there is a continued exposure to high concentration levels of the radioactive gas, it profoundly affects the overall cellular activity within our lung tissue, which causes an observable increase in the chance of contracting lung cancer.
This is not to say that everyone exposed to high concentration levels of radon will develop lung cancer. However the risk of getting radon-induced lung cancer does increase when the exposure to radon is increased.
Smokers who have high radon concentration levels in their home are even more susceptible to contracting radon-induced lung cancer.
There are frequent concerns about where radon gas comes from. Read our blog post: "Does Radon Come From Building Materials?"
The following organizations consider radon gas to be a health concern:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
- The World Health Organization
- The American Lung Association
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Getting Your Home Tested
If you are unaware of the radon concentration levels of your home, it is recommended by the EPA to have your home professionally tested for radon gas.
Radon Eliminator has a team of licensed radon testing and removal specialists who will provide a discounted radon test for your home to see if you are living with cancer-causing gas.
It is our hope to provide awareness to communities throughout Ohio and ensure that your home is safe for you and your family.
Contact us today to schedule your Discounted Home Radon Test!