According to the EPA & The American Cancer Society
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers!
It is estimated that radon causes approximately15,000 to 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year!
Radon is in the environment naturally but can accumulate to excessive levels in every home. The only way to know if your home or the one you're going to purchase is safe is for a licensed professional to test for it under very stringent conditions.
Radon is measured in pCi/L (Pico Curies Per Liter). This is a standard measurement for radiation. It corresponds to 1 atom of radon decaying every 27 seconds in every liter of air.
A home with a 600 sqare foot area and an 8 foot ceiling and radon at the maximum recommended amount of 4 pCi/L has approx. 1,739,776,000 atoms of radon decaying every 24 hours just in this space alone!
If you breathe in radon the particles can become trapped in your lungs and decay. This process releases alpha radiation which can cause cancer in lung tissue. It is estimated that radon causes 15,000 to 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year.
There are no immediate symptoms related to exposure and not everyone exposed to elevated levels will develop lung cancer. The amount of time between exposure and the onset of cancer may be many years.
Don't take a chance with your health or the health of someone you love!