Radon is an invisible gas formed in the Earth's crust. It surrounds every one of us as part of the air we breathe.
The rocks and soil beneath our homes contain traces of uranium. Over time, the uranium breaks down and forms other elements. This is called radioactive decay. Radon is one link in the decay chain of uranium.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. If considered as a separate disease, lung cancer in people who have never smoked would rank seventh in global cancer mortality.
Approximately 21,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer every year in the United States alone.
All the while, some people still think radon poisoning is nothing but "hype," and it's nothing we need to worry about.
In the article below, we will go over ten myths about radon that have been busted by the EPA.