Radon is A Real Problem

Radon is A Real Problem

 

Radon causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the US every year.  Radon risk estimates are based on extensive epidemiological studies, and there is convincing evidence about its link to lung cancer.

  • According to Dr. R.l William Field, U.S. radon expert (University of Iowa), radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer death in North America.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after active smoking and the leading cause among non-smokers.

1.      Smoking has a synergistic effect on radon-related lung cancer.
2.      Radon reduction is the only way to protect  non-smokers from radon-related lung cancer.

  • An estimated 88% of Americans do not know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to survey data.

Many radon-induced lung cancer deaths are preventable.

  • Testing for radon and radon mitigations are techniques used in preventing radon-induced lung cancer.
  • There are also techniques on how to build new construction with radon resistant systems.

Many low and middle-income Americans either cannot or will not pay for radon mitigation.

  • Without financial assistance, many low income Americans do not have the financial resources to mitigate high radon levels
  • Without economic incentives, many middle income Americans are not yet convinced of the value of mitigating high radon levels.

Because of the recent housing booms, today there are more homes in the US with high radon levels than ever before.

Did You Know?

Senate Radon Bill

 

The Senate has introduced an Act relating to radon control by requiring the state building code commissioner to adopt statewide radon control standards in residential construction, requiring that radon testing, mitigation or abatement be conducted in schoolhouses and certain residential buildings, requiring certain notifications, and providing and income tax credit, and including retroactive applicability provisions.