Thursday, March 09, 2006

Can radon harm me and my family?


The EPA has determined radon gas to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. (after the act of smoking). In fact, Dana Reeves the wife to Christopher Reeves from the Superman Movie fame just died recently from lung cancer that is suspected to have possibly been from radon poisoning.

Any house testing at or over 4 picocuries(pCi) per liter needs to be fixed per EPA recommendations. Pronounced: pee-coe-cure-ees Definition: Measurement of radioactivity. One picocurie is one million millionth, or a trillionth, of a curie and equals 0.037 becquerel, and represents about 2.2 radioactive particle disintegrations per minute.

The radioactive particles in the gas attach to your lung tissue and break down which can lead to cancer over the course of your lifetime. The amount of time between your exposure and the onset of cancer may be many years. If you have smoked, or are a smoker, you are at greater risk for developing lung cancer. Children tend to be at a higher risk for developing cancer as well.

Find out more on the health effects that radon gas can have on you and your family today


At 8:11 AM, Blogger MJ Myers said...

The death of Dana Reeves really brings home the fact that every home, every school and every place of business needs to be regularly tested for radon. We have to test now. How many more have to die needlessly...

At 6:42 AM, Blogger rcancel said...

I have a question. Moved into a house in December of 2004. Radon level was 4.2. I have a daughter who is now 2-1/2 years old. She just got bronchitis. Is this a direct result of the radon gas or does radon gas take years to start effecting the household. I'm in the works now in installing a system.

At 3:02 AM, Blogger Manoj Singal said...

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At 1:46 AM, Blogger Pamela Falle said...

Your post on radon testing in NJ really makes a lot of sense to me. I have been looking for information like this.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Manoj Singal said...

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