Radon levels in a house or building can vary considerably over a 24-hour period. In fact, levels can be different depending on the day you take the measurement. The risk of developing lung cancer increases when you are exposed to radon in your home over a 10 to 20 year period or when you are exposed to extraordinarily high levels for a period of time. Any exposure to radon can … [Read more...] about How Risky Are Temporarily High Radon Levels?
Renters will now have more leverage to live in safer dwellings thanks to new radon laws in Illinois and Colorado. Illinois Governor JB Pritzer and Colorado Governor Jared Polis both signed bills into law this summer to help protect renters from the dangers of radon exposure. In both states, renters must be provided with a radon warning statement and radon educational … [Read more...] about Illinois and Colorado Pass Radon Protection Laws for Renters
Lung cancer and a beauty queen crown don’t normally go together, but for Joanie Ryan they do. Joanie Ryan is Ms. Colorado Senior America 2023. Five years ago, a regularly scheduled breast MRI surprisingly revealed that she had stage 4 lung and neck cancer. She was shocked. She had never smoked, her parents or husband had never smoked, and she had never worked in a bar or area … [Read more...] about A Beauty Pageant Queen Is Increasing Radon Awareness
What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is emitted from the decay of uranium within rocks and soil. This odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas—which many people are entirely unaware of—is the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall, and the leading cause of lung cancer in those who have never smoked. Although radon is more prevalent in … [Read more...] about How Radon Enters Buildings
The issue of radon exposure is a current health concern. Yet, the history of radon provides a broad retrospective of how this gas became recognized as a health hazard. Below are three historical events that contributed to research and awareness about the health-threatening effects of elevated radon levels. Discovery of X-rays At the turn of the 20th century, several … [Read more...] about Three Milestone Events in the History of Radon