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Health Risks

The United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) says that radon is a
worldwide health risk in homes. Dr. Maria Neira of WHO said that "Most
radon-induced lung cancers occur from low and medium dose exposures in
people's homes. Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer after
smoking in many countries."
The WHO recommendations are in the
''Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective''
For more information on radon:
Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike

The Facts...

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand
smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer.  Although lung cancer can be treated, the
survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.  From the time of diagnosis, between
11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic
factors.  In many cases lung cancer can be prevented.

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.  Smoking causes an estimated 160,000*
cancer deaths in the U.S. every year (American Cancer Society, 2004).  And the rate among
women is rising.  On January 11, 1964, Dr. Luther L. Terry, then U.S. Surgeon General,
issued the first warning on the link between smoking and lung cancer.  Lung cancer now
surpasses breast cancer as the number one cause of death among women.  A smoker who
is also exposed to radon has a much higher risk of lung cancer.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA
estimates.  Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Radon is responsible
for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.  About 2,900 of these deaths occur among
people who have never smoked.  On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S.
Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.  Read a study by Dr. William
Field on radon-related lung cancer in women at www.cheec.uiowa.edu/misc/radon.html  

Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of lung cancer and responsible for an
estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths every year.  Smoking affects non-smokers by exposing
them to secondhand smoke.  Exposure to secondhand smoke can have serious
consequences for children’s health, including asthma attacks, affecting the respiratory tract
(bronchitis, pneumonia), and may cause ear infections.
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