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How can someone get lung cancer with radon?

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If you breathe in radon over long periods of time, you may end up with lung cancer. That's because it breaks down into tiny particles that can get into your lungs and damage cells there. The gas is the second most common cause of the disease besides smoking.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. , April 2014. Chinese Journal of Cancer

Melkonian, S. , January 2016. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. , April 2014. Chinese Journal of Cancer

Melkonian, S. , January 2016. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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