Radon Gas And Lung Cancer: Know Your Risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January National Radon Action Month. According to the EPA, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in nearly all soil. It enters homes and other buildings through holes and cracks in the foundation. High levels of radon have been found in all states and the EPA estimates that 1 out of 15 homes have high levels. The EPA has determined that Gwinnett, as well as some surrounding counties, has a very high potential for radon exposure.
Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can obtain a radon test kit for $10 at the UGA Extension located at Family and Consumer Sciences, 750 South Perry Street, 4th floor, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Their phone number is 678-377-4010. You can also purchase a test kit online for $13 and read more about radon at UGARadon.org.
How GMC Can Help
GMC Cancer Institute’s lung screening program is recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance as a Center of Excellence. Visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/cancer for more information about lung cancer and GMC’s lung screening program.