Odorless gas exposure could be risk for lung cancer

    9:02 PM, Dec 20, 2010   |    comments
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    The second leading cause of this killer might be hiding in your house and you might not know it.

    With the cold weather, we spend more time at home. And even though you can't you can't see it or smell it, radon could be lurking in your home right now. Terry Howell, President, Radalink, explains, "Radon is a naturally occuring radioactive gas." 

    Radon specialist Terry Howell says it can accumulate in both old and new homes, also in office buildings, high-rises, and schools. And exposure to radon can can pose a serious health risk.

    Dr. Alan Plummer, pulmonologist at Emory University explains, "Most people think that smoking is primarily the cause of lung cancer and they're right, but radon seems to be the second most common cause."

    Being a smoker increases the risk of cancer from radon, because smoker's their lungs are already compromised. And just because your neighbor doesn't have radon in their home doesn't mean you're in the clear.

    The EPA website has instructions on Radon testing kits, and potential fixes.

    If your radon test results come back above the EPA's recommended action level, then you should consider contacting a professional.

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