Homes are Being Tested for Radon Emissions

Radon levels in US

US officials are making people have their homes tested for radon in attempt at lung cancer rate drop

Radon is present in the air and we all breathe it every day. However, a higher concentration of radon can have terrible consequences on the human health. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. U.S. officials are trying to raise awareness and make people have their homes tested for radon emissions.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is released from the decay of other radioactive elements such as uranium, thorium, and radium, in soil and rocks. It is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that cannot be detected by the human senses. It is important for people to test the level of radon in their environments since inhaling it produces a high risk of lung cancer.

The American Cancer Society states that radon can only be found in buildings but also in underground sources of water. Exposing non-smokers to radon emission increases their risk of developing lung cancer, but the exposure of smokers almost guarantees their development of lung cancer.

The National Cancer Institute released a few figures regarding cancer cases related to radon. Between 15,000 and 22,000 deaths of lung cancer are caused by radon. The only way to prevent these cases is to have your house tested.

The Environmental Protection Agency also raised awareness on the subject of radon testing of buildings. It is quite a simple process and it’s not even expensive. In case a high level of the radioactive gas is detected, the home can be installed a radon mitigation system. New Jersey even declared January “The Radon Action Month”.

There are several types of radon tests available. There are short-term and long-term tests. The short-term ones measure the levels of radon from 2 days to 90 days. Long-term tests work for more than 90 days. These systems are worth trying, since they are really easy to use, and you may actually discover surprising results that otherwise would have gone undetected. The officials specialized on the issue can do a quick check-up of your home and recommend the best device for you to use.

Threatening levels of radon in buildings has been an issue in the United States for quite a long time, but the new detecting device allows for the prevention of dangerous emissions and the drop of lung cancer rates all around the country.
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