Radon: An underappreciated source of lung cancer incidence and mortality

From my latest in Environmental Health Perspectives

Radon gas can seep into homes through cracks in floors and foundations. Even for people who have never smoked a cigarette, exposure to radon and its decay products can lead to lung cancer. Smoking compounds the risk, but according to new estimates published in Environmental Health Perspectives, radon exposure itself may be responsible for 14–17% of lung cancer cases and 3% of all cancer mortality in the 66 countries for which national data on radon exposure are available.

The full story was published today in EHP; find it here.


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