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One in 15 American Homes Is Affected by Major Lung Cancer Hazard

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  • Radon is a radioactive gas created by the normal breakdown of uranium in rocks. Exposure causes an average of 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year
  • Hazardous levels of radon can be found in nearly 1 out of every 15 American homes. Levels in heavily contaminated homes can in some cases exceed the established standards permitted for underground miners
  • Common sources include building materials; contaminated air seeping into your home through cracks in the foundation, walls and floors; deep wells; ionization-type smoke detectors; and watches with luminescent dials

By Dr. Mercola

Did you know that radon — a major cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking — may be lurking in your home, school, or office? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous levels of radon can be found in nearly 1 out of every 15 American homes.


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