Cancer is a disease that impacts millions of people throughout the world, and lung cancer is the most deadly type. While the cause of cancer is not always known, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of the two leading causes of lung cancer in Idaho: smoking and radon. 

Preventing lung cancer in Idaho

Both leading causes of lung cancer are almost entirely preventable. While unintentional secondhand smoke increases your risk of lung cancer, especially if it’s consistent, you can still significantly reduce your (and your loved ones’) risk of lung cancer if you never pick up smoking yourself. Already a smoker? You can find help quitting smoking on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

The second leading cause of lung cancer may surprise you, given that it’s not a commonly known carcinogen. Radon is a radioactive gas that rises from the ground when uranium decays. In Idaho, over 55% of homes tested by Idaho Radon Services tested high for radon, and most people don’t know they have high radon levels because their senses can’t detect it.

To reduce your risk of lung cancer, leading healthcare agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization, recommend testing your home for radon. If your home tests high, a radon mitigation system can be installed to reduce the level indoors, which reduces your risk of lung cancer.

Roughly 21,000 Americans die annually from lung cancer, but you can take steps to prevent, and reduce, the number of deaths. To get started, click here to get a free radon test sent directly to your home.

Many people think that if your home tests low for radon, it will always have a low radon level. Unfortunately, that’s not always true because radon levels can fluctuate over time.

Two in five Idaho homes tested for radon have high levels, and many people don’t know their levels have reached dangerous levels because radon can’t be detected with our senses alone. Over 21,000 people die each year from radon-induced lung cancer, and at Idaho Radon Services, we want to make sure you stay healthy.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Surgeon General guidance

From seasonality to structure changes in a home, many factors can impact why a radon level may rise or fall. Because of this, the EPA and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona recommend that homes be tested for radon every two years.

What do I do if my radon test results are high?

If your home tests high for radon, you should install a radon mitigation system. Depending on how high your home tests, a system may be more or less urgent. Once radon reaches 2.0 pCi/L, many leading health organizations recommend considering mitigation, and our team strongly recommends mitigation for anyone whose home tests at 2.7 pCi/L or higher. No matter what threshold you feel most comfortable with, your goal should always be to reduce radon levels as low as possible.

To keep Idahoans safe, we offer one free radon test to every household within 120 miles of Boise. Click here to request yours today!