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The EPA estimates that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related.
Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is an
odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium
in soil and water. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung
cancer is the only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air. Thus far,
there is no evidence that children are at greater risk of lung cancer than are adults.
Radon in air is ubiquitous. Radon is found in outdoor air and in the indoor air of buildings of all kinds. EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average radon concentration in the indoor air of America’ s homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. It is upon this level that EPA based its estimate of 20,000 radon-related lung cancers a year upon. It is for this simple reason that EPA recommends that Americans consider fixing their homes when the radon level is between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average concentration of radon in outdoor air is .4 pCi/L or 1/10 th of EPA's 4 pCi/L action level.
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