Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Radon and Lung Cancer

Sethi, Tarsheen K., Moataz N. El-Ghamry, and Goetz H. Kloecker. "Radon and lung cancer." Clin Adv Hematol Oncol 10.3 (2012): 157-164.

Radon and Lung Cancer

Because of lack of awareness of the carcinogen potential of radon by the general population, education guidance for health care providers should include mention in cancer prevention strategies discussed during office visits. Once high levels of radon are detected, corrective measures should be implemented asap.

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buckwheat said...
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Thomas Ailstock said...

As with medicine, early detection is important. Homeowners should be aware that radon is real and learn the basics. A radon test does not have to be expensive. It is recommended that a professional perform the test due to the many variables which could alter the results. The EPA document : A Citizen's Guide to Radon and your state's Department of Health are ideal resources for information.

The biggest threat regarding radon is actually the decay products, not the gas itself. Long term exposure to the low levels of alpha particle radiation (in the lungs) is the cancer causing condition - long term/low level is creates a chronic condition. Of course, higher indoor levels of radon gas increases the concentration of alpha particles which can be inhaled, and thus the likelihood of illness if exposed for long periods.

It is important to test your homes indoor air condition for safety; similar to your roof, HVAC, electrical, etc.

Thomas Ailstock, CPI
Radon - Tallahassee, Florida