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How do other illnesses or conditions effect radon poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Radon poisoning is not directly affected by any other illnesses or conditions. However, the risk of developing lung cancer from radon poisoning is increased by about 10 to 20 times in smokers, as opposed to non-smokers. The combination of smoking and excessive radon exposure has a dramatically increased effect on the risk of lung cancer; the risk of the combination is higher than the sum of the risks for smoking or radon exposure alone. The reason for this is unknown, but it does explain why individuals with radon poisoning should definitely stop smoking.

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