Radon Fact Sheet
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General’s Office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by Radon. RADON is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon – induced lung cancer costs the United States over 2 Billion dollars per year in both direct and indirect health care costs.
- According to the US EPA, nearly 1 in 3 homes checked in 7 states and on 3 Indian Lands had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’S recommended action for Radon exposure.
- The Alpha Radiation emitted by Radon is the same Alpha emitted by the other Alpha generating radiation sources such as Plutonium.
- A family whose home has Radon levels of 4 pCi/L is exposed to approximately 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that family was standing next to the fence of a radioactive waste site.
How does Radon get in homes?
Radon gas can seep into a home from the soil through dirt crawlspaces, cracks in the foundation and walls, floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. Radon can enter any home, old or new even those with no visible cracks. Each building is unique, and the ground beneath it is also unique. Two houses side-by-side can have totally different Radon levels. The only way to know what the Radon levels are inside your home is to measure them.Radon can also enter the home through the well water. If your water contains high levels of Radon, the Radon gas escapes into the household air when the water is running. The EPA says, “ The Radon in your water supply poses an inhalation risk and an ingestion risk.” Research has shown that your risk of lung cancer from breathing Radon in air is much larger than your risk of stomach cancer from swallowing water with Radon in it.