II. Pathophysiology

  1. Radon Gas is a natural decay product of Radium-226
  2. Radon Gas is associated as causative factor for Lung Cancer
    1. Field (2000) Am J Epidemiology 1081-1101 [PubMed]

III. Epidemiology

  1. NIH estimates 20,000 Lung Cancer deaths per year due to radon

IV. Evaluation: Detection

  1. Radon Gas detector placed in basement of home
  2. Hazardous level of household radon: >4 pCi/L
  3. More common in midwest and most concentrated in basements

V. Management: Dangerous radon levels

  1. Revision of existing construction
    1. Radon mitigation (exhaust for Radon Gas): Costs >$1500
  2. New construction
    1. Radon Proofing Home: $200-400

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