Have you heard of radon? Maybe you have, but it’s hard to know if you’ve been exposed. This is because radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. If you knew what problems high levels of radon could cause, you may start to be more careful!
First of all, radon forms in soil and rock and can enter buildings through cracks in floors and walls or gaps in foundations around pipes, wires, or pumps. This means radon could easily be entering your home.
Why should you be worried? Well, according to the American Cancer Society, being exposed to radon for a long time can cause lung cancer. When radon gas enters the air, it breaks down into tiny particles. These radioactive elements can lodge in the lining of your lungs. The radiation may damage lung cells, ultimately leading to lung cancer.
Although cigarettes are responsible for the majority of lung cancer cases, radon is the second leading cause in the United States. If you are a smoker, you must be extra careful about high levels of radon. The combination of radon gas and cigarette smoke creates an even larger chance of lung cancer than either factor alone.
If you’re a smoker or just wary of the possibility of high levels of radon in your home, take action today.
It’s important to protect you and your family from the dangers of radon, including the risk of lung cancer. Call Radon Crew at 605-336-1000 and get your home checked today.