Lung Cancer- A Closer Look

Lung cancer annually kills thousands of Americans. The primary causes of the illness are smoking, radon, and second-hand smoke. Even if it can be treated, mortality rate for people with cancer is one of the lowest. That can be prevented in a number of cases.

Radon is the favored cause of Lung Cancer among non-smokers, as estimated by the EPA. Broadly speaking, radon is the disease’s second-most source. Each year Radon is blamed for nearly 21,000 deaths from lung cancer. About 2,900 of those deaths occur among those who have never smoked.

It is a radioactive gas that is released into rocks and soil from normal uranium rot. Radon is a non-scented, invisible, tasteless gas flowing through the ground and spreading into the air. Everyone daily breathes radon in, typically at very low levels. However, in areas with insufficient ventilation, such as underground mines, radon may rise to levels that increase the risk of lung cancer considerably. Radon levels could be higher in well-insulated, tightly sealed homes and/or built on soil rich in uranium. Because of their proximity to the ground, basement and first floors generally have the highest levels of radon.

Latest European research authenticates that radon is much more harmful to children than it is to adults. The risk of lung cancer related to radon toxicity is reported to be nearly 10 times greater for those diagnosed at about 15 years of age than at about 50.

The onset of lung cancer also takes decades. EPA has not discovered compelling epidemiological data of increased risk to children (except for the smallest ones) and its homeowner radon guidelines are thus based solely on adult cancer risks.