The following information was collected from the epa.gov website.
Radon gas molecules are estimated to cause 21 thousand deaths from lung cancer each year. When you breathe air containing radon, the radon emits bursts of radiation that can damage the DNA in your lung tissues. As a result, if this damage is not corrected by your body, cancer cells can begin to be generated. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Radon is a cancer-causing, gas that comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon gas/molecules rise up out of the ground into the air around us. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in our state.