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Presence of Radon Gas in Your Home

Presence of Radon Gas in Your Home

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  • Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking
  • Radon gas kills more than seven times the people each year as home fires, but many completely neglect to test their home for this “silent killer”
  • The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes has elevated radon levels, and dangerously high levels have been detected in nearly every U.S. state
  • A simple test can tell you whether or not your home has radon levels that pose a cancer risk to you and your family; if elevated levels are found, mitigation services may reduce levels by up to 99 percent

By Dr. Mercola

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is formed from the natural breakdown of uranium in the earth. Though you can't see it or smell it, radon can enter your home through cracks in your foundation, well water, building materials and other sources, where it can contaminate the air you breathe.

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