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What does radon exposure mean?

What does radon exposure mean?

Radon: Radon is a gas that can be emitted from soil e.g. Under houses and can accumulate. The radon gas is toxic. Radon exposure means that someone or something has been subjected to radon gas. ...Read more

Dr. Fred Mettler
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Radon Exposure (Definition)

Radon is a radioactive chemical element used in medical technologies ...Read more


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How can radon affect your body?

How can radon affect your body?

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

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How detrimental is radon in your home?

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

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What are the different effects of radon exposure?

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

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What health risks are associated with radon exposure?

There may be some: Radon is sometimes blamed as the cause for lung Cancer. But it is not a proven cause. You can get your home Radon level checked if you are concerned. Most houses do not have this problem. Why do you have this concern?? ...Read more

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What health-related risks are associated with exposure to radon?

Some risk/Cancer: Radon has been blamed fopr some cases of Lung Cancer. But it is difficult to be sure as this gas is found in some housing sites and has to be checked for otherwise it remains invisible. ...Read more

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Can radon cause dementia?

Can radon cause dementia?

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

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Does exposure to radon causes cancer?

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

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Can smoking increase chance of radon poisoning?

Can smoking increase chance of radon poisoning?

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

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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

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Why would radon be a treatment for cancer when it causes cancer?

Why would radon be a treatment for cancer when it causes cancer?

Sole Availability: 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

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Is it safe to live in an area with high radon gas levels?

Is it safe to live in an area with high radon gas levels?

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

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How serious is a radon gas threat to getting cancer or getting sick?

How serious is a radon gas threat to getting cancer or getting sick?

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

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is radon gas and how is it linked to cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is radon gas and how is it linked to cancer?

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

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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

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How much time does it take for radon to give me lung cancer?

How much time does it take for radon to give me lung cancer?

Depends: Radon is one of the factors which can cause lung cancer, but like everything else, it happens over time. It can take months to years to decades to happen, if at all. ...Read more

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Radon in water small sip amount ingested, +3. Do I need to go visit the hospital or my doctor? This was 3 days ago.

Radon in water small sip amount ingested, +3. Do I need to go visit the hospital or my doctor? This was 3 days ago.

Explain the question: Radon is a gas sometimes found in basements as a product of radioactive decay. How did you determine that it was dissolved in a sip of water? Or was it something else? Please explain what you consider radon. ...Read more

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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?

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

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