Dr. Wallace Akerley explains why radon gas is such a dangerous threat and what you can do to test your home for radon.">

Jan 15, 2018 — Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer—next to smoking. But, many people are not aware that dangerous levels of radon gas can accumulate in their home. On today's Health Minute, oncologist Dr. Wallace Akerley explains why radon gas is such a dangerous threat and what you can do to test your home for radon.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer for Americans, and it kills about 20,000 people each year. Oncologist Dr. Wallace Akerley, why is radon such a deadly cause of cancer?

Dr. Akerley: Well, mostly because people aren't aware of it. It's a silent killer. It's radioactivity. It seeps up from the ground, and it stays in closed spaces. Within your home, it rises up, and it can sit in your house. When anyone inhales it, this radioactive material sits on your lung surfaces, and it causes lung cancer. So, first off, people don't know that it causes lung cancer, and secondly, they don't know that it's around.

Interviewer: You can test your home's basement for radon gas yourself with an easy do-it-yourself testing kit. Radon testing kits are available to purchase online, usually for less than $10. You can also ask your local health service provider for more information.

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