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Smoking isn’t the Only Way to Get Lung Cancer

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Here’s a quote from the Environmental Protection Agency:

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates.  Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.  About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.  On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.”  http://www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html

If you have not had your home checked for radon gas, I urge you to do so!  Its a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas.  A reading above a four is dangerous to your health. Get a testing kit today if your home has not been tested.

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5 thoughts on “Smoking isn’t the Only Way to Get Lung Cancer

  1. Thanks for sharing with us ; I Didn’t know much about radon before and now it needs to be addressed 🙂 . Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)

  2. In some of the uranium mines used to supply our atomic arsenal, 100% of the miners got lung cancer. Alas, many of them smoked, too, and the fight to compensate them was slowed by lawyers for the government fighting with others over which cause was more likely.

    Good idea to test, if you’re in an area where radon is a problem, or if your home is built from materials that may offgas radon.

    What is your interest in this? Why the post today?

    1. My interest is due to the fact that I live in an area where radon is a huge problem…the entire housing division…much of the Omaha area is plagued by high readings. Three of my neighbors have died of lung cancer–two that didn’t smoke. None of them had heard about radon much less the ability to test for it.

      One of my co-workers recently decided that he wanted to give his daughter more space for a bedroom and chose to move her into the basement. They were advised to conduct a radon test and it showed readings of 23! They are in the process of mitigating. Before we purchased the house we now live in (last July) we had a test done and it showed a reading of 13–we demanded mitigation as part of the purchase agreement.

      Any chance I get to ring the alarm for public health–especially in my community I do. Thanks for weighing in and contributing your comments Ed!

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