A Silent Killer: The Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in the US

Radon is generally not the foremost item on most people’s minds. With kids, work, friends and life in general taking up most of our time and attention, radon concerns slip to wayside. You may not realize it, but your home could have dangerous levels of radon gas in it right at this moment. “Any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer,” the EPA said in a statement. “The lower the radon level in your home, the lower your family’s risk of lung cancer.”

Periodic Table Element Radon

Radon gas occurs naturally with the decomposition of radium, which is part of the uranium decay process. Radon has a half-life of 3.82 days and during this decay process, it produces particles called radon daughters.  The radon daughters in turn emit alpha particles into the lungs of people in afflicted homes.  The particles can penetrate cells and cause DNA damage.

President of Environmental Doctor, Brenden Gitzinger warns that “it’s not a danger that manifests itself overnight. Radon’s deceit is in its invisibility. You can’t see, taste or smell it, but over years it continues to permeate our bodies and cause damage.”

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, preceded only by smoking.

Radon gas leads to the lung cancer deaths of more than 20,000 Americans each year. Though primarily linked to lung cancer, radon can also contribute to childhood leukemia and pancreatic cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Surgeon General recommend that owners take the time to test radon levels of their homes and businesses. The testing process is relatively simple and inexpensive, with effective and affordable solutions if high radon levels are found.

The EPA currently recommends action be taken when Radon levels within homes reach 4 pCi/L, or higher. Recently though, the World Health Organization suggested a reference level of 2.7 pCi/L for radon levels, meaning that even if levels are below the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L, there is still the possibility of danger.

Visit the Environmental Protection Agency or Environmental Doctor for more information on radon and the dangers they pose to home and business owners. With over 20 years of experience at making homes and businesses safe from environmental problems, Environmental Doctor in Dayton, Ohio can provide effective and affordable solutions for radon testing and mitigation.

4 Effective Ways of Treating the Health Hazards Lurking in Your Home

clean air concept

There are many hazards hidden inside your home that can be very dangerous to your health. What’s most concerning about home health hazards is their inability to be seen. This video highlights some of the dangers of household mold. Your air ducts could be full of dust and dirt that is aggravating your allergies, or radon might be seeping into your home, slowly making you sick. However, each of these health hazards can be treated by a professional as described below:

Duct Cleaning

Have the ducts of your HVAC heating and air system cleaned in order to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency and remove dust, pollen and other debris from your home. Duct cleaning is especially important for allergy sufferers because it has been proven to prevent health problems, including allergic reactions.

Radon Testing & Mitigation

When soil and rock erodes, uranium can seep into your home through cracks or holes in your foundation. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, meaning that many people live with it in their homes without realizing it. This dangerous substance increases your risk of lung cancer and is a major health hazard, so if you are concerned, then contact a radon testing and mitigation company.

Mold Testing

Mold is a part of our natural environment, but in homes it can cause property damage as well as adverse health effects. It is almost impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores, but many can be removed, resulting in a cleaner household. Hire a professional to test your home for mold and mitigate fungus if necessary.

Water Treatment

Although it may look clear, your drinking water has many pollutants floating in it, such as bacteria or chemicals that put your health at risk. Call a water treatment professional for a water filtration system that can improve your drinking water and your health.

For all of these health-enhancing treatment options, contact the Environmental Doctor. Since 1989 we have been providing customers with healthy and efficient solutions to the many contaminants that can affect your household. As a family-owned business, we are committed to the health of you and your family, so call (937) 319-4074 today!