Radon Gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, but it is a potentially dangerous gas. Radon comes from the decay of uranium and radium in the soil underneath your home. Radon escapes the soil and seeps into your home. It can be highly toxic and dangerous for your family if it is not tested and corrected in a fair amount of time. Radon unless it is tested for is extremely hard to detect in someone. Radon can cause lung cancer through inhalation of the air you breathe and stomach cancer is caused by a high level of Radon in the water supply, you should have your water supply checked. Contact your water supplier for more information.
These cancers have certain symptoms that are associated with Radon, they include a new cough that only gets worse and will not go away. Coughing up blood is another symptom as is chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness and chronic pneumonia or bronchitis. Radon does not offer any real early warning signs, if you are exposed to Radon for a long period of time you wouldn’t even know it. An alarming fact is that 15% of lung cancer patients had no symptoms at they time they were even diagnosed.
The best prevention to these symptoms is to have your home tested every 6 months. Symptoms of Radon Poisoning come after you are already sick, prevention is the best course of action. You can buy these tests from Home Depot and Lowe’s. The EPA recommends doing the short term test which last 2 to 3 days. You will send the results to a lab included in the kit and within a few weeks you will have your result.
To further avoid these potential deadly symptoms, you can take a look around your home to see what you can do to fortify it. This will include sealing up any cracks in the floors, walls and ceilings. Radon is most exposed in the lowest level of the home; if you have a basement then you may want to start there. Have a handyman come in and take a look at what you can do to prevent Radon from seeping into your home.
Keep in mind that your chances of getting lung cancer from Radon can depend on How much Radon is actually in your home, the amount of time you spend in your home and whether or not you are or ever were a smoker. The chances for lung cancer increase if you are a smoker. It is best to stop smoking (it is better for you anyway) and have Radon Removal Specialist install a Radon Mitigation System. It is never too late to decrease your chance of lung cancer you just have to take an active role in the process.
If you experience any of these symptoms or believe your home may be At risk for radon we highly advice you buy a Radon Test Kit.
If you discover that your home has Radon, make an appointment for your doctor and have a physical. Let them know about the Radon and see what suggestions they can offer you to help stay lung cancer free.