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RADON GAS -ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY WITH THE AIR THAT YOU BREATHE IN ?

The facts

  • Radon increases your risk of lung cancer
  • The higher the radon, the longer the exposure, the greater the risk
  • Radon causes over 1,100 deaths from lung cancer each year in the UK
  • The risk from radon is higher if the person is an ex-smoker and significantly greater for current smokers.

The explanantion

 

Radon produces a radioactive dust in the air we breathe.

 

The dust is trapped in our airways and emits radiation that damages the inside of our lungs.

 

This damage, like the damage caused by smoking, increases our risk of lung cancer.

 

How can I reduce my risk?

 

  • Find out if you live in a radon risk area
  • If you do, measure your home
  • If the radon is high, reduce it
  • If you smoke, give up

What is the evidence?

 

A European study, funded by Cancer Research UK and the European Commission showed that radon in the home increases the risk of lung cancer1. An independent report, Radon and Public Health estimated that radon is a cause in over 1,100 lung cancer deaths each year in the UK2.

Radon risks: details

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The life-time risk of lung cancer due to radon is greatest for smokers.

 

Indoor radon level (Bq m-3)Non-smokerEx-smoker gave up at age 30Ex-smoker gave up at age 50Current smoker
20Less than 1 in 2001 in 601 in 181 in 7
2001 in 1901 in 481 in 141 in 5
8001 in 1001 in 281 in 81 in 3

 

Other radiation sources

 

Any radiation exposure carries a risk: the higher the exposure the higher the risk.

Risks other than lung cancer

 

It is mainly our lungs that are exposed to and damaged by radon.

 

There is no consistent evidence that radon causes cancers elsewhere, or other harm.

 

Further information

 

  1. Radon in homes and risk of lung cancer: collaborative analysis of individual data from 13 European case-control studies. BMJ, 330, 223-237.
  2. Radon and Public Health. Report of an independent Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation. Chilton, Docs RCE 11, PHE 2009. Available as a free PDF download

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