Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas. It is a decay product of Uranium. Uranium is naturally found in rocks that are in the ground through out the earth. As Uranium undergoes radioactive decay, it changes into Radium. And as Radium breaks down, it changes into Radon. Radon then decays into other RDPs (or radon decay products), which are also radioactive.
According to the EPA, radon inside your home contributes to 21,000 deaths from lung cancer in America every year. About 2,900 of these deaths is from non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. In non-smokers, Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. The survival rate of Lung Cancer is among the lowest of all cancers. Even though it is treatable, only 11-15% of those with lung cancer live past 5 years.
It is important to know that lung cancer from Radon is preventable. The first step is to have your home tested. And if your home has high levels of Radon, then we go to the next step in prevention: Mitigation.
EPA NATIONAL RADON ACTION PLAN
The National Radon Action Plan is the EPA's strategy for eliminating the avoidable radon-induced lung cancer in the United States. Download the U.S. Environmental Protection's Agency's Radon Action Plan.