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Is your home increasing your risk of lung cancer?

Published: February 24th, 2014

You can take action against radon exposure in your home - the cause of 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year! 

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one out of every 15 homes in the United States has high radon levels - in some areas, it's one out of every two homes. Radon is a radioactive gas that is a natural product of the breakdown of uranium deposits in soil. It can enter homes though cracks in the foundation, walls and joints, accumulating to hazardous levels that can cause lung cancer. 

In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among never smokers.

While radon is colorless, odorless, and invisible, radon is very easy to detect with the right tools. Do-it-yourself kits are available online and at most major hardware stores. You can also call the national radon hotline at 1-800-SOS-Radon in the U.S., or contact your state radon office. Certified radon professionals can also perform accurate and reliable radon tests.

If your home does have high radon levels, it's a very easy issue to fix. The EPA recommends that you have a qualified radon mitigation contractor help lower the radon levels in your home. He or she will have the necessary equipment and technical knowledge. Reducing the radon on your home can cost about the same as other common home repairs.

When building a new home, it is recommended to use radon-resistant new construction (RRNC), which typically costs a builder between $250 and $750. For a builder, it is much less expensive to install a radon-resistant system during construction than to go back and fix a radon problem identified later.

You can learn more about protecting your family from the dangers of radon here. For a small investment, you'll be improving your family's health and protecting them from the #1 cancer killer in the US. Take action today!