What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has become the second-leading cause of lung cancer -- second only to cigarette smoke.
Radon is a byproduct of uranium decay, and all soils and rocks contain different concentrations of uranium. As uranium breaks down over time, it releases radon and polonium. These two toxic byproducts then seep up and out of the soil. If your home is located on top of a high concentration of those gases, they seep through the porous concrete footings and slabs of your home and get trapped instead of escaping out into the open air.
Radon is undetectable with our senses, so it easily goes unnoticed. Over time, continuous exposure to radon leaves everyone in the home increasingly susceptible to lung cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, radon causes 15 percent of the world's lung cancer cases and kills 20,000 people each year. Lung cancer kills more people each year than the other top cancers combined. It also receives the least amount of funding, because many people believe it's a self-induced disease.
For those 20,000 non-smokers who haven't spent extensive time around smokers, radon related lung cancer is far from self-induced. Radon induced lung cancer kills one person every 25 minutes, putting radon in the company of arsenic, asbestos and benzene as a Class-A Carcinogen.