Radon: The invisible, odorless carcinogen
Written by Kelly Bothum

Unless you are buying or selling a house, knowing the radon levels inside your home may not be on your safety radar. But public health officials say it should be, considering the risks posed by this odorless carcinogen.

Exposure to radon contributes to an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For people who smoke, radon can increase their already higher risk of developing lung cancer, a disease that kills nearly 157,000 people a year in the United States.

But even nonsmokers should worry about radon. Each year, about 3,000 people who have never smoked develop radon-induced lung cancer in the U.S., said Kevin Stewart, director of environmental health for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, which includes Delaware.

Radon is is a gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water, so it's found in outdoor air. But it can get trapped indoors as air comes up through cracks in the house and foundation. Because radon is invisible -- colorless, odorless and tasteless -- homeowners wouldn't know if high levels of this potentially dangerous gas are building up in their home...

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Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike

The Facts...

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented.

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Unusual gift can save lives

I recently bought my mother a gift and mailed it to her. Before it arrived, I told her it was on its way, and that I'd been thinking of giving this to her for several months.

She told me later this had really piqued her interest, and she kept thinking about all the things it might be. Imagine her surprise when she opened her gift to find not one but three carbon monoxide detectors for her home.

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