Making Your Environment Safer
Making Your Environment Safer

Understanding the Link Between Radon Exposure and Lung Cancer

Doctor looking at lung X-ray to diagnose lung cancer - radon and lung cancer risk

When you think about your risk for lung cancer, you probably think about whether you smoke or are routinely exposed to secondhand smoke in your home or workplace. While cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., it is far from the only risk factor. In fact, among non-smokers, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.—it is the second leading cause overall in the general population. Radon can be linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States annually, so it is critical to know what the radon levels are in your home and encourage your employer to conduct routine radon testing as well. 

Radon and Lung Cancer 

Radon is a radioactive gas that’s odorless and invisible. It is released from rocks, soil, and water as radium breaks down in these materials. As radon is released from the soil, it can penetrate your home, where radon levels may build up and cause you to continually breathe in this radioactive gas. Over time, radioactive molecules build up in the lungs, increasing your risk for lung cancer. 

A Long-Term Impact 

The effects of radon exposure don’t happen overnight, so simply having a clean bill of health now does not mean that there is no radon in your home. It may take years for health problems to appear as a result of radon exposure, so it is essential to be proactive and take preventive measures to reduce your exposure. 

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family 

The only way to know if radon levels are high in your home is to test for it. There is no geographic area or type of structure that is immune to radon intrusion. Therefore, you should test your home once every five years, before buying or selling your home, or before and after any major renovations—especially if you are converting a basement into a finished living space. If radon levels are high, you should work with a radon mitigation company to install a radon mitigation system customized to your home. Additionally, you might encourage your employer to test for radon in your workspace, as radon exposure can happen anywhere, not just at home. 

With Green Earth Remediation, you can gain peace of mind with radon testing and mitigation for both residential and commercial properties. Contact us today to schedule a radon test.

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Greg Pucci

Greg Pucci is the President of Green Earth Remediation who has an extensive background in construction, franchise management, and business administration. He currently serves as the president of SSGL Holding Inc, which is the 5th largest owner in the Stanley Steemer franchise system with 8 locations in Michigan, Indiana, and Texas. As a franchise owner, Greg understands how to maintain the highest standards of customer service and professionalism across various markets, and he has leveraged that expertise to support the ongoing growth and success of Green Earth Remediation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Aquinas College, along with the following professional licensing and certifications.

  • IICRC Master Certified Fire, Water, Smoke & Mold
  • State of Michigan Builders License #2101186927
  • State of Michigan Mechanical License #7115908
  • NADCA "National Air Duct Cleaners Association" Certified ASCS "Air System Cleaning Specialist", CVI "Certified Ventilation Inspector"
  • IKECA CECS "Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist"
  • NRPP - Certified Radon Measurement Professional #114067-RMP
  • KSU Radon CEU - Radon Measurement in Multi-Family, Schools, & Large Buildings