Dr. Gott: What Are Risks From Radon?

Q – After 14 years of using our finished basement rec room on a daily basis, I have discovered the presence of radon gas. The level ranges between 6 and 7. To disassemble the room is far too costly on our retirement income. Recent lung X-rays are OK, so what is our risk of cancer after all these years of daily exposure?

A – Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium. It is found in almost all soils and permeates the air we breathe.

It moves through the ground and into buildings and water supplies through cracks or holes in foundations and solid floors, through gaps in suspended flooring, around service pipes and through walls.

It can enter through well water. Once inside a building, the radon is trapped and builds up to unhealthy levels. It can be found in schools, offices, homes and public buildings.

Radon can’t be seen, tasted or smelled, yet reports indicate it causes lung cancer, killing thousands of people every year.

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