Lung cancer is causing enormous deaths a year. The number of people dying each year due to this cancer has elapsed 21,000. Lung cancer is majorly caused by smoking, but you may get surprised to know that 3-4 thousand people of these deaths have never smoked. So where is this other ratio coming from? What is the next big threat after smoking? What is causing lung cancer so severe that a person eventually dies? Answer to all these questions is a thing that is not much known.
According to US EPA, there is a gas in air that you can’t see, smell or taste. You don’t know if it is present in your environment and how long have you been breathing in it until cancer gets you. This gas, produced by the radioactive decay of uranium, is called “radon”. It can be found in soil or igneous rocks, yet in some cases, in can also be found in water. This gas can seep into your home and give you many other diseases than lung cancer. 62 out of 1000 smokers can get lung cancer if exposed to radon level above 4cPi/L for lifetime. US EPA has told radon level below 2cPi/L is safe yet still, 3 out of 1000 smokers can have lung cancer even if the level is 0.4cPi/L. This is threatening, and you may be wondering what to do besides quit smoking.
How to reduce your chance of having a cancer
As per above discussion, if you’re a smoker your chance of having a lung cancer on exposure to “Radon” drastically increases. So, you better quit smoking and test your home for radon. It the result turns out to be above 2cPi/L, you better hire a contractor and get a removal system installed before it gets you.
- Testing your home
Always seek for professional help to test your home for radon levels. You may mess up with the reading of the toolkit maybe incapable enough for not measuring the right level of the gas. Moreover, professionals also do the diagnostic tests alongside and suggest you proper reduction system that suits your home.
- Diagnosing your home
There are different systems installed for reduction of “Radon” depending upon the structure of your house. This can be determined by a diagnostic test. The contractor you hire for installation of reduction system will do that test himself. But if he doesn’t, you may know that he is not professional.
- Installation of a system
After the test and diagnosis of your home, contractor will install a suitable system. If you have a crawlspace home, your reduction system maybe the ventilation of crawlspace or covering it with a thick plastic sheet to keep the gas from seeping in. If your home has a basement and the gas is seeping in from the cracks in sub-slab foundation, then a suction method maybe appropriate. Just make sure that the contractor provides you warranty and does testing after the installation.