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 Lung cancer risks in Idaho: Radon and smoking

Idaho Radon Services
November 30, 2023
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Radon, an invisible and odorless radioactive gas, can rise into a home through its foundation, and two in five homes tested in Idaho have elevated radon levels. After prolonged exposure, those inside have an elevated risk of radon lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

With approximately 21,000 annual deaths attributed to radon, it stands as the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who smoke and live in homes with elevated radon levels are 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer.

To actively reduce the risk of lung cancer, quitting smoking is crucial. While it’s not simple to quit overnight, you can work with a medical provider or quit line to take the first steps to protect your health. 

Additionally, completing a radon gas test in your home is the next most important step to protect yourself. You can request a free test from Idaho Radon Services here, and if elevated levels are detected, we are ready to guide you through the mitigation process. 

If you haven’t tested your home within the last two years, order a test today!

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