Radon Gas & Cigarettes have a lot more in common than people think. “I don’t smoke, I don’t have to worry about lung cancer.” It’s a phrase we hear all too often. The truth is, cigarettes aren’t the only way to get lung cancer. In the United States, the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers is Radon Gas.
Radon Induced Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates almost 223,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. 10-15% of those diagnosis will be in nonsmokers. Lung cancer in nonsmokers is more common than people realize. It is actually the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Lung cancer in non-smokers is the 6th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Radon gas causes 27,000 deaths each year.
Lung Cancer is Preventable
Just like somebody can make the choice not to smoke, people can make the choice to test their homes for radon. Radon gas is invisible, tasteless and odorless. Since it is out of sight, it is often out of mind. However, a simple radon test can tell you whether or not you have high levels of radon in your home. This test could prevent over half of radon induced lung cancer deaths each year. But too few people test their homes.
Radon is Fixable
There is good news. If you do test your home and your results come back high, it is possible to reduce your levels of radon. An active radon mitigation system installed by a licensed Radon Technician will dramatically reduce your levels of radon. These systems are non-invasive, barely noticeable, life-saving tools. Trinity Radon is happy to walk you through the radon reduction process. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.
Radon gas & cigarettes both cause cancer. End the stigma which portrays lung cancer as a smoker’s disease – get the word out about radon!