What is Radon Gas?
Radon gas constitutes the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.¹ With the lowest survival rate among cancers, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer per year.² In 2005, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a national health advisory on radon.³ Yet, many people are still asking themselves, "What is radon testing?" If you're still in the dark about what is a radon test, start by exploring the dangers of this invisible gas. Radon doesn't cause itchy eyes or watering noses, but it can cause lung damage over time. Long-term exposure to high radon levels increases the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Risk of leukemia also rises with exposure to radon.⁴ Children may be at a higher risk for radon exposure according to some recent studies. Radon levels change often as such it is important to have your home tested every few years.
Where does Radon Gas Come From?
Radon is a particularly tricky risk factor to control because the levels in your home can change daily. Seasonal variations and changes in weather are just a few variable that can impact indoor radon levels. For this reason, both long-term and short-term testing is recommended. Some of Radonova's tests measure radon gas levels for up to a full year. This provides an annual average and takes into account how radon fluctuates over the seasons. Where does radon come from? Ground soil contains radioactive elements that make up common minerals and rocks found in the soil across the country. Radon gas is released as part of uranium's natural decay process. This radioactive gas may enter the average home through cracks in the foundations, gaps in the first floor and basement walls, and other similar openings. Radon may build up inside the home and reach unsafe levels.
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