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How risky is radon for causing lung cancer?

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To put the risks of radon in perspective, about 21,000 people die each year from lung cancer related to radon. It's a serious home hazard, since it kills more people than falls in the home, drownings, and house fires. And keep in mind that smoking and radon are a bad combination. If you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high.

SOURCES:

Environmental Protection Agency: "A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon," "EPA Map of Radon Zones."

National Cancer Institute: "Radon and Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Radon and Cancer."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Environmental Protection Agency: "A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon," "EPA Map of Radon Zones."

National Cancer Institute: "Radon and Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Radon and Cancer."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 21, 2019

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