Lung cancer has become the leading cancer killer of both men and women, well ahead of prostate or breast cancers. During the past two decades, lung cancer deaths have increased by 20% among men and by 150% among women.
Radon is after smoking the second leading cause of lung cancer. (The Surgeon General) Among non-smokers, radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer deaths.
The National Academy of Sciences estimates that radon causes about 19,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. That's more than fires, drownings and airplane crashes combined. (EPA)
Radon gas spontaneously decays into minute solid particles, which lodge in the lungs and emit radiation for over 20 years. Alpha radiation damages the DNA in living cells, causing cancerous and genetic mutations. The onset of carcinoma may take decades.
The average person receives more effective radiation exposure from radon than from all other natural or man-made sources combined. Children are particularly susceptible to radiation.
Radon gas is a very potent "Class A" carcinogen. Public warnings are regularly issued about carcinogens at levels thousand times less lethal than the average radon level in American homes.
Most lung cancer deaths from radon are preventable. The health risk is proportional to the concentration of radon. Even very low levels of radon carry danger; there is no "safe" level. Modern air-tight homes have aggravated the indoor radon problem.
Lung cancer prevention: Radon reduction from any level, whether 10 or 3 pCi/L, by 50% (or 90%) lowers the cancer risk to the family by 50% (or 90%). In accordance with the Radon Abatement Act, the target radon level for homeowners should be the natural level outdoors (average 0.4 pCi/L).
RadonSeal concrete sealer penetrates deep inside concrete and seals it against radon, as well as water. A quick and easy do-it-yourself application without odors, fumes, or a messy clean-up. Unlike paints or surface sealers, RadonSeal does not color the concrete and there is no film to peel. The radon reduction is not limited by mechanical equipment, and there is no stack spewing concentrated radon.
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