Radon is derived from the radioactive decay of radium
. Radon is a gaseous radioactive element naturally occurring in many areas of the United States and causes up to 30,000 cases of lung cancer
each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking
causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon gas can enter a home through its foundation. Tests are available to determine if your home has a dangerously high level of Radon. Unfortunately, humans cannot see or smell radon, as such, its presence often goes undetected until it is too late. It may be advisable to have your home tested for radon as there are simple ways to fix the problem that are not too costly. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of radon exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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