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Radon is earths only naturally produced radioactive gas It comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil rock and water Radon has no odor no taste and can not be seen When it comes indoors it can become a health hazard Radon can enter your house through cracks and openings in the foundation floor and walls Radon decays and is inhaled into the lungs The energy released can damage the DNA in lungs and can cause cancer I think that a law making it illegal to sell a home containing radon in the basement would be a good idea Radon is estimated to cause thousands of cancer deaths each year in the US On a graph I saw on the Internet there was the amounts of deaths in drunk driving radon drowning fires and air planes crashes Radon had the second highest amount of deaths a year right after drunk driving The Surgeon General has a warning that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US today The only way you can detect that you have radon coming into your house is by testing it EPA and Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon If radon is found in your home it can be fixed Nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the US is estimated to have high radon levels High radon levels have been found in every state The levels of radon can vary widely from homes in the same neighborhood The average person in the US gets more radiation dose from the exposure to indoor radon than from any other source of natural or man made radiation according to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements Radon is classified as a Class A human cancinogen Many underground miners have cancer or end up with cancer This is from the close exposure to radon The EPA action
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