Radon, No. 1 Cause Of Lung Cancer In Non-Smokers, Many Unaware

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – For non-smokers in Fort Wayne, avoiding second-hand smoke inhalation has been an achievable goal since the implementation of the city’s tough anti-smoking ordinance. But this is not the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and many go unaware.

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and one of the greatest causes of lung cancer among all people, second only to smoking itself.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared the week of Oct. 17-24 National Radon Awareness Week. The EPA predicts Radon is a problem in nearly 20 percent of American homes. In 2009 alone, there were 20,000 Radon-induced fatalities.

“It is very surprising … we do check for everything else, but we’ve never been aware of radon before,” explained a concerned Van Wert mother.

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