Radon Health Risks

Children at risk with high levels of radon

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to the EPA, radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

A perfectly healthy person has a 4 in 1,000 chance of lung cancer if exposed to 2.0 pCi/L of radon on average over their lifetime, a 7 in 1,000 chance at 4.0 pCi/L, and a 15 in 1,000 chance at 8.0 pCi/L. The only way to know if you have a lot of bad gas in your house is to get tested!

People who smoke are at even greater risk. The radon decay particles attach themselves to airborne contaminants which are then inhaled. A person that smokes has a 32 in 1,000 chance of lung cancer if exposed to 2.0 pCi/L of radon on average over their lifetime, a 62 in 1,000 chance at 4.0 pCi/L, and a 120 in 1,000 chance at 8.0 pCi/L. The bottom-line: Radon gas is really bad!