What is the rate of incidence for radon poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

As there are no symptoms, signs, or test results specific for radon poisoning, it is very difficult to diagnose. Because of this, the true incidence of radon poisoning is unknown. A very rough estimation of the minimum incidence of radon poisoning can be obtained by looking at the frequency of radon-induced lung cancer, which is the only known condition caused by radon poisoning. In the Unites States, radon poisoning is the second most common cause of lung cancer and is thought to be responsible for 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths every year. The incidence of radon poisoning is probably much higher than this.

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