Radon is a radioactive gas that is released from soil and rocks. It is present everywhere, but higher levels of it are sometimes found in homes, where it has leaked through cracks or holes and has accumulated. Radon can also come from materials used to construct homes, or well water. If radon is inhaled often or in large quantities, it can damage cells lining the lungs and cause lung cancer. It is now possible to measure radon levels in your home to help prevent lung cancer.
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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons answeredScientists first realized there was a relationship between radon and lung cancer when it was noted that workers in uranium mines had an excessively high rate of lung cancer. In fact, it is estimated that radon exposure is associated with approximately 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Accordingly, many health authorities recommend radon testing in homes, especially in poorly ventilated areas with exposed dirt such as is found in unfinished basements.