– Home-based silent killer: Radon gas, known to be the leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke, is found in surprising number of homes:
Have you tested your home for radon gas? If you haven’t, you may want to get it tested as soon as possible as this gas is a silent killer that may be lurking in your home. A study found that one in every eight homes in Alberta, Canada surpassed the acceptable radon level by the government. Radon gas is known to be the leading cause of cancer next to cigarette smoking. (Related: Radon in Homes is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer.)
“As a society, we have a well-recognized problem with environmentally-induced cancers. Testing your home for radon gas is an effective prevention strategy and radon is one of the most easily eradicated causes of lung cancer. The problem is most people do not know this,” said Aaron Goodarzi, an assistant professor, cancer researcher, and a radiation biologist at the University of Calgary.
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