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Lung cancer: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Concentration can be high indoors where it is slow to dissipate. It is responsible for 21000 lung ca deaths/year in US, 2900 in non-smokers. Second highest risk after smoking. It comes from the decay of naturally occurring uranium and thorium in soil. ...Read more
I say it's not: I followed this business since the early 1980's and I believe that the risk to ordinary folks is essentially zero. Results are inconsistent as to whether it increases a smoker's cancer risk. The worst danger is that you may be mandated to spend thousands of your own dollars to "radon-proof" your home based on science that's dubious at best. There's no "radon in the home" syndrome. ...Read more
Lung cancer: Radon is a radioactive noble gas that is naturally found in the ground. Exposure (excessive) to radon has been linked to the development of lung cancer. If you are talking about mega exposures such as at times of nuclear blasts, then you will get multiple radiation sickness, a syndrome that features multiple organ involvement and dose dependent effects. ...Read more
Yes. Radon dementia:
Www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1579210
natural distribution of environmental radon daughters in the different brain. .. Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia: www. Idahoradon. Com/alzheimers-parkinsons-studies
radon is a primary source of harmful radiation exposure for humans;. .. Memory loss: dementia such as forgetting things more. ...Read more
Little risk: This is largely about politics and how much money we are willing to pay (or to force a homeowner to pay) to decrease a very small risk to something even smaller. The risk to a non-smoker is too small to measure even in a big study, and the risk to smokers, while a majority of studies suggest it's real, is also miniscule. Most scientists today seem to be opposed to pricey forced radon-proofing. ...Read more
Yes: Smoking, secondhand smoke and radon are the leading causes of lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause among non smokers. Smoking plus radon creates a synergistic effect that dramatically increases the risk for dying of lung cancer. If you're a smoker and you quit, you lower your risk of lung cancer. Reduce radon exposure in your home, you lower it further. ...Read more
Could you tell me about radon and what is best home test, and if radon can affect a whole street?
Small cancer risk: There's general agreement in the scientific community that radon in the home increases the lung cancer risk in smokers slightly, and if it's a factor for the very-rare lung cancers in non-smokers, it's extremely small. Politics determines how much we have to spend to lessen tiny risks; most scientists think aggressive radon control is a poor use of funds. I can't recommend a particular test. ...Read more
Radon was used as implantable needles made of gold to treat cancers in the past.
The gold layer keeps the radon within, and filters out the Alpha and beta radiations, allowing the gamma rays to kill the cancer.
This has now been replaced with newer artificial safer isotopes. ...Read more
Its safe as long as: You have a mitigation system in your dwelling that gets rid of the gas (a fan system in the lowest level of your house that exits out of the roof) ...Read more
Overstated: If you review the most recent literature, almost everybody agrees that the exorbitant expense of "radon-proofing" homes, especially for non-smokers, isn't a good use of money. The increased risk for non-smokers is so small that a reliable estimate can't be obtained. Otherwise it won't make you sick. ...Read more
Inert element: This is a bi-product of radioactive elements in the earth. In the past, it was inhaled by uranium miners, and increased their risk of lung cancer from smoking. There was an enormous hoopla over radon in homes in the late 20th century, with very weak scientific evidence mandating very expensive interventions, ordinary folks bearing huge costs. Thankfully this seems to be ending. ...Read more
Staying at my parents house for a week-- we are sleeping in their basement. Don't know what radon level is-- ok to stay there for the week?
Yes: Without disrespecting any of my peers, or the folks in the government "who are protecting us", I'm not afraid of radon in the home. Nobody's shown any effect on non-smokers. A while back, radon-abatement was hugely political, since home-owners were forced to pay thousands of dollars per home to reduce a threat that, if it was even real, was tiny. Enjoy your visit. Best wishes. ...Read more
Radon in water small sip amount ingested, +3. Do I need to go visit the hospital or my doctor? This was 3 days ago.
Should I worry about lung cancer with radon? I've heard it can be in your house without knowing? We've rented ours for 10 years should I worry?
Radon: Radon is a bigger lung cancer risk if you smoke, so if you do, fix that first. Next, if you don't use your basement, don't worry. If you use your basement as a living space, check your radon level with both a short term and long term test kit from the local hardware store. If levels are high, its fixable, and not that expensive. ...Read more
Check for radon!
some basements may have little or none. ...Read more
Concur: I generally agree with good responses of drs swamy and rutledge. Radon is a known and significant carcinogen. Furthermore, numerous inhalants, including many products of burning/combustion are considered carcinogens related to lung cancer. Lung cancer like other cancers is closely related to intensity and duration of exposure to carcinogens/injurious substances. Drswamy provided good link. ...Read more
My mom's house was tested for radon. Avg. Was 4.6 pico curies over 3 days. She lived there 1 year. Could this have caused brain damage/dementia?
Hello my wife was diagnosed with brain tumor in 2014 and is doing well with treatment. Could radon gas in our home have been the cause of her tumor?
Unlikely: The radiation from Radon gas affects primarily the lungs. It is unlikely to have caused the brain tumor. ...Read more
CT scan Several pleural tags in bilateral upper lobes & 7mm groundglass nodule lower. What are Pleural tags? Common? Can tags be Cancer? From Radon?
Ask your PCP: The CT scan was done for a reason, and ordered by a practitioner. I hope you are following up with them. As you will find on most search engines, pleural tags are often associated with cancer, and ground glass nodules may be. Regarding radon, and your other very appropriate questions, best to query your own doctors. ...Read more