cancer

Radon is a gas emitted from soil or rocks that can enter into buildings through cracks in the floors or walls or in joints around pipes, wires or pumps. Every house is different, so each home has to be tested individually. Over the last few years research has linked radon gas exposure to blood cancer, specifically, in women. We have known for many years that radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and that other health risks exist, so continued testing and monitoring has taken place. Links between exposure to radon and blood cancer in women have…

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When radon gas is inhaled into the lungs, radon decay products become lodged or trapped in the lungs lining, where alpha particles radiate and penetrate the cells of the mucous membranes, bronchi, and other pulmonary tissues. It is believed that it is the ionizing radiation from these alpha particles that affect the bronchial epithelial cells and initiates the process of the carcinogenesis. Radon related lung cancers are mainly seen in the upper airways, however radon increases the incidences of all histological types of lung cancer, including small cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

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