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What is radon poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Radon poisoning occurs when a person is exposed to an excessive amount of radon. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, invisible, and radioactive gas formed by the natural breakdown of uranium. Because uranium is usually present in dirt and rocks, very low levels of radon are released into the environment on a continuous basis. Under certain circumstances a person can be exposed to higher than usual amounts, which can lead to radon poisoning. Radon poisoning is the second most common cause of lung cancer in the United States, but does not seem to cause any other health problems.

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