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January is Radon Action Month

A Silent Cause of Lung Cancer (Series 1 of 2)

Jennifer McGohanBy Jennifer McGohan, public health educator II

(Wampsville, NY – Jan. 2015) There may be a silent killer lurking in your home, responsible for about 14,000 deaths from lung cancer in the United States each year. You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it. But radon, a naturally occurring and hazardous radioactive gas when inhaled, may be invading your home. Fortunately radon is simple to detect and can be virtually eliminated from your home.

Madison County is a known area at risk for high radon levels. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it. Radon is found in nearly all soils and in the air in varying amounts,moving up through the ground to the air above and into your home. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. (more…)

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