Radon: The Health Hazard with a Simple Solution Radon is a
cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or
taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's
health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims
about 20,000 lives annually.
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Studies Find Direct Evidence Linking Radon in Homes to Lung Cancer - Two
studies show definitive evidence of an association between residential
radon exposure and lung cancer. Two studies, a North American study
and a European study, both combined data from several previous
residential studies. These two studies go a step beyond earlier
findings. They confirm the radon health risks predicted by
occupational studies of underground miner’s who breathed radon for a
period of years. Early in the debate about radon-related risks, some
researchers questioned whether occupational studies could be used to
calculate risks from exposure to radon in the home environment. “These
findings effectively end any doubts about the risks to Americans of
having radon in their homes,” said Tom Kelly, Director of EPA’s Indoor
Environments Division. “We know that radon is a carcinogen. This
research confirms that breathing low levels of radon can lead to lung
Read the University of Iowa press release about the North American study at