How Does Radon Gas Affect Your Family’s Health

Radon decay and what happens when inhaledRadon Gas, or its radioactive decay products (RDP’s) are inhaled as part of the normal breathing process.

The RDP”s can stick in the lung tissues and continue to irradiate these sensitive tissues. Lung tissues do not have the same protective layers of dead cells that our skin has to protect us from alpha radiation.

Many of these irradiated cells are killed by this radiation, but some are just wounded and recover, a few mutate into cancer cells. Most of these will be taken care of by the bodies natural defenses, but those that are not, are a problem.

Radioactive particles stick to lung tissue when radon decay products inhaled. Radiation can alter the cells increasing the potential for cancer. The higher the Radon level in your home the more often a cell gets irradiated.

What are the probabilities of this happening?

It is based on how much Radon Gas you and your family are exposed to, and for how long.

The only way to know if you have high Radon Gas levels in your home is to test!

Graph of Canadian Death Rates 2005

Sources: Canadian Cancer Society and Stats Canada

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