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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
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
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
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
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
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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