Radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, even though we know how to find, fix and prevent it. Many radon-induced lung cancer deaths are preventable
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. It is usually found in igneous rock and soil, but in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon. You cannot see, smell or taste radon.
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.
WHERE ARE THE HIGHEST RISK AREAS?
Birmingham, Al and Atlanta, GA have areas that are known to have high radon. The only way to know for sure whether a home's radon levels are safe is to test.
The testing equipment must be left in the home for at least 48 hours and then the test results are ready immediately after the testing is concluded.