Radon: Second Leading Cause Of Lung Cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness month and the Mesa County Health Department's Indoor Air Quality Program is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and the importance of testing homes for radon.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. You cannot see, smell or taste radon but it may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon.
Radon testing is the only way to know if you or your family is at risk. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Winter is the best time for testing a home for radon because windows and doors are normally kept closed. Testing is simple and inexpensive. Test kits can be purchased at the Mesa County Health Department for $6.00 which includes analysis.