A naturally occurring odorless gas is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer; radon exposure leads to an estimated 21,000 deaths each year in the United States.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “radon-222 is a radioactive gas released during the natural decay of thorium and uranium, which are common, naturally occurring elements found in varying amounts in rock and soil. Odorless, invisible, and without taste, radon cannot be detected with the human senses.”
That is why several federal agencies banded together to increase education about radon and testing options for homes and schools across the country.
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