When was the last time you had your home tested for Radon? Never? Read on…
The New York State Department of Health just released this information: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found all over the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.
Most inhaled radon is rapidly exhaled, but the inhaled decay products deposit in the lung, where they irradiate sensitive cells in the airways increasing the risk of lung cancer.
There are between 900 and 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths in NYS each year. Radon has a synergistic effect with smoking, resulting in a much larger risk of lung cancer in smokers who are also exposed to radon.
All homes should be tested every few years, regardless of county risk. Radon test kits are available from local hardware stores or through the Department’s Radon Program, for $11.