What is radon? According to the National Academies Press, “Radon is a naturally occurring gas that seeps out of rocks and soil. Radon comes from uranium that has been in the ground since the time the earth was formed, and the rate of radon seepage is variable, partly because the amounts of uranium in the soil vary considerably.”
Radon gas exposure is a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. It is a colorless and odorless gas that isn’t readily detectable by a human. Radon flows from the soil into outdoor air. Outside air typically contains very low levels of radon, but it can build up to higher concentrations indoors. Building materials can be a significant source of radon exposure, but very little testing is done for stone, rock, or tile products brought into building sites.
Symptoms of radon exposure are the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates.
Overall, radon symptoms are the second leading cause of lung cancer responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked, which moved Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, to issue a national health advisory on radon in 2005.
Don’t be a Victim of Radon Exposure
If you are non-smoker who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and suspect radon exposure from your workplace is the cause, contact New York attorneys, Seeger Weiss.