Prolonged radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Learning about the dangers of radon – and its remedies – is especially important for Maine residents: one in three homes in the state will test positive for higher than normal levels of radon, either in the air or the well water.*
Here’s a quick guide on what to tell your patients/clients about radon in order to protect themselves and their families from this silent killer.
Any home can have a radon problem.
It doesn’t matter if your home is old or new, or even if your neighbor’s home has tested negative for radon.*
Radon is colorless, tasteless and odorless.**
Exposure causes no immediate symptoms. The only way to detect dangerous levels of radon in your home is to test the air.
Radon is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Including 2,900 people who have never smoked. If you smoke and live in a home with high levels of radon, you are 10 times more likely to get lung cancer.*
Radon levels can increase over time.
If an air quality test reveals even low levels of radon, you should not assume it will stay that way. It is recommended that you retest radon levels every three to five years.*
Radon can also be found in your well water.
Dangerous particles can be released into the air when you take a shower, do laundry or wash dishes.*
Radon testing saves lives.
Thousands of lung cancer deaths could be prevented each year if home and build owners acted to test and fix.**
*Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
*American Lung Association