Risks of Radon

More Information AboutThe Risks of Radon

 

 

The EPA plans to furnish radon information, promote testing, increase awareness, and give to States technical and financial assistance.  The Director of the EPA Center for Radon and Air toxics (within the Indoor Environments Division) called the 2012 goal “very aggressive,” as it represents a tripling of the current number of mitigations and doubling current levels of new homes built with RRNC.  EPA estimated, based on risk assessments, that:

  • The estimated number of homes with radon-reducing features increased from 153,598 during 2000 to 193,996 during 2005.
  • The estimated number of lives saved from additional homes having radon reducing features increased from 369 during 2000 to 577 during 2005.
  • The projected number of lives saved from additional homes having radon-reducing features will increase from 645 during 2006 to 1,250 during 2012

Did You Know?

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.