How Dangerous is Radon?
With the lowest survival rate among some of the most common cancers, lung cancer is one of the most feared diseases in the country. Radon gas constitutes the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer per year and in 2005 the Surgeon General of the United States issued a national health advisory on radon.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, and the Environmental Protection Agency, no fewer than 20,000 lung cancer-related deaths occur in the United States each year, in cases where the lung cancer was determined to have been caused by exposure to Radon Gas.
The World Health Organization reports that globally, 100,000 cases of Radon-related lung cancer also result in death. The National Cancer Institute reports that in the U.S. alone, more than $2 billion are spent in health care costs each year by the victims of Radon-related lung cancer. The EPA also reports that one out of every three homes in the U.S. have tested for Radon at levels exceeding safe exposure.
Radon is a carcinogenic, radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. It is the world’s second most prevalent cause of lung cancer after tobacco use.
This deadly airborne poison is undetectable by sight, smell, or other ordinary sensory means. Only a long term Radon test kit can accurately and reliably detect the presence of Radon. There are a number of Radon detection devices available, but the best way to detect and measure for the presence of Radon in your home, or elsewhere, is by using a high quality, long term Radon test kit.
Why Choose Radtrak²® Long Term Radon Test Kit?
Radonova is a global leader in radon detection theory, equipment, and research. The Radtrak² is our flagship long term Radon test kit is capable of testing your home or office for Radon over a long period of time. With ultra-high accuracy over a prolonged period of time, you will gain a full and clear perspective on the risk of Radon exposure in your location.
About the Radtrak²® Long Term Radon Test Kit
The Radtrak² is a high quality, long-term alpha track Radon detector which provides prolonged detection and measurement over 3 months and up to one year. It is the most thorough and accurate occupational Radon dosimetry monitoring service available on the market today.
The Radtrak² offers an exceptionally large range of Radon detection and measurement at levels as low as 0.4 pCi/l up to 650 pCi/lover a period no shorter than three months. The Radtrak² Radon detector is composed of a high tech film element located in a pod composed of special anti-static plastic which enables Radon gas to enter via diffusion. When Radon gas enters the detector, it marks or leaves ‘tracks’ on the film chip inside During analysis, a state of the art image scanner reads the chips and calculates a total radon concentration.
Why Long Term Radon Detection is Ideal
The EPA categorizes counties according to the risk of radon exposure over time in accordance with long term detection data.
EPA Radon Data is categorized by state and county as follows:
- Zone 1 (RED): Counties with a predicted average indoor Radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L
- Zone 2 (ORANGE): Counties with a predicted average indoor Radon screening level ranging from 2 to 4 pCi/L
- Zone 3 (YELLOW): Counties with a predicted average indoor Radon screening level falling below 2 pCi/L
The Radon exposure threat assessment for each county and region is only the best available estimate for each location. If you examine the EPA’s map, you’ll notice that each region is defined according to county lines and state boundaries. Naturally, Radon gas is not limited by the borders of states and counties. This means that if you live near the border of a zone marked in yellow, you may, in reality, be in a zone with a high or moderate risk of Radon exposure.
What’s more, Radon levels can change over time. The level of risk for Radon exposure in a given area can change after a seismic or severe weather event. Radon levels can increase or decrease in a given area for other reasons as well, which can be difficult or impossible to predict.
According to Science Direct, a Swedish study from 2004 reported that Radon exposure in a given location coincided with specific geological conditions. These conditions include exposed rock with high levels of radium and highly permeable sediments. If you live in an area with a large amount of exposed rock, you can expect your risk factor to be higher. However, permeable sediments within the soil can be harder to detect. In addition to this, measurements in homes were elevated in cases where poor indoor ventilation was present and where the foundation of a building was cracked or permeable.
As stated, Radon gas cannot be detected without the proper equipment. This means, while it is easily remedied when detected, cases of non-detection pose a great risk to the occupants of an unmonitored building.