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Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that occurs naturally in the earth’s crust. Radon is a product of the decay of uranium. The decay of uranium to lead is a 14-step process. Radon is formed at the 6th step. It's unique because it's the first decay product that is a gas, not a solid.
The radon gas itself is not a problem but its decay products are. The radioactive decay products are particles that can attach themselves to lung tissue when the radon gas is inhaled. It's primarily the alpha radiation that causes lung cancer. In the United States, it's estimated that up to 20,000 deaths every year are caused by radon gas. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. As with cigarette smoking, the risk is higher with greater exposure. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. The effects are long term rather that immediate.
Uranium is present in many parts of the earth’s crust. Areas subject to high radon gas levels have appreciable concentrations of radon in the earth and cracks through which the gas can migrate up to the surface.
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