Introduction to Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which results from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and groundwater. Radon is present at low levels in outdoor air but can become a problem when too much accumulates inside a building. You can’t see, smell or taste radon and as a result, elevated levels could be present inside a building and you wouldn’t know without testing for it.
The health risk from radon occurs when it breaks down into what are commonly referred to as radon decay products (RDPs). These RDPs can adhere to lung tissue and emit high-energy alpha radiation particles which can damage cells and increase the risk of lung cancer. According to Health Canada, approximately 16% of all lung cancer deaths are caused by radon resulting in the loss of about 3,200 Canadian lives per year. Next to smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer.
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