So why should we be worried about radon in our homes?
can not see or smell radon gas as it seeps into your basement from the
earth below. This radioactive gas causes damage to our cells deep within
the lungs. Unlike carbon monoxide gas
which has defined symptoms from increasing amounts of exposure similar
to the flu. Radon gas exposure has no early discernible symptoms.
A client of mine was told by his doctor at his yearly exam that he should test for radon gas. Why?... because it's good preventive medicine. You could kind of call it a blood test for your home.
Back to my client... He left with doctors orders to get radon test kit for his home. He found that the radon level in his home was 23pCi/L or nearly 4 times the acceptable Environmental Protection Agency's action level of 4pCi/L. He also learned that the former owner of his home had just died of lung cancer. Needless to say he was in a hurry to get his home fixed.
Are there any early symptoms of radon poisoning?
Radon gas has a half life of 3.8 days which breaks down into Polonium and then into a Lead atom. Although these elements are toxic to humans the quantities that are deposited into our bodies aren't sufficient to cause major health issues. So there are no early radon gas poisoning symptoms, but the release process of these elements into the delicate lung tissue can cause lung cancer!
A Great Source for Homeowner Test Kits
Conducting a radon test in your home is very simple. We have located a web site that sells low cost radon testing products that are 100% EPA approved and easy to use. You can order online and have your kit within just a few days. Testing of your home can be completed in just a few days and you will have your results in less than a week.
Click here to view them...
Radon Risk If You've Never Smoked
|Radon Level||If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*...||The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**...||WHAT TO DO:|
|20 pCi/L||About 36 people could get lung cancer||35 times the risk of drowning||Fix your home|
|10 pCi/L||About 18 people could get lung cancer||20 times the risk of dying in a home fire||Fix your home|
|8 pCi/L||About 15 people could get lung cancer||4 times the risk of dying in a fall||Fix your home|
|4 pCi/L||About 7 people could get lung cancer||The risk of dying in a car crash||Fix your home|
|2 pCi/L||About 4 person could get lung cancer||The risk of dying from poison||Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L|
|1.3 pCi/L||About 2 people could get lung cancer||(Average indoor radon level)||(Reducing
radon levels below
2 pCi/L is difficult.)
|0.4 pCi/L||(Average outdoor radon level)|
|Note: If you are a former smoker,
your risk may be higher.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.
|Lung Cancer Symptoms|
One extremely grim fact about lung cancer is that about 15% of it's victims have no symptoms at the time they are diagnosed.
Prognosis of Lung Cancer
Only about 15% of lung cancer patients live more than 5 years.