Out of the many terrible diseases and illnesses that people suffer from today, cancer is undoubtedly one of the worst. There are so many different kinds of cancer that people can succumb to, and while scientists and doctors have been able to pinpoint some of the factors that leave people vulnerable to cancer, there is still a lot that we do not know about how to prevent and treat cancer, or why two people will be exposed to the exact same elements and only one will get sick while the other stays healthy. Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and many people that have never picked up a cigarette in their lives have found themselves faced with fighting off this disease. One reason is that many people do not realize that they may be exposing themselves to cancer causing agents every day in their own homes.
Radon gas is a radioactive gas that leads to elevated risks of lung cancer when it is inhaled, and most people have no idea that they are inhaling it on a daily basis! Most people do not even realize that they have the ability to lower their risk of developing lung cancer through some easy and affordable systems that will reduce the radon presence in their homes. Here is what we know about radon and how to remove it: Radon is a by product that is released when uranium decays in the ground. No you may hear the word uranium and thinks that this could not possibly apply to you because you do not live in a uranium field, but did you know that uranium is found in small amounts in most types of rocks and soil? In fact, if you look at an area that is about 1 square mile of surface soil, and dig down only 6 inches into that dirt, you will find about 1 gram of radium present. That does not seem like very much, but remember that this is a cancer causing radioactive substance, and the concentrations of it will vary from place to place and will also chance over time (just as the amount of uranium that is in the process of decay will change over time.)
Radon gas is released from the soil and in undeveloped areas is simply released into the atmosphere, but in areas where there is urban development, the gas is likely to push its way into your home through cracks or gaps in the walls or floors, or even in the space that exist in the openings of service pipes that connect your home to the water supply and sewer systems. Radon mitigation is the only way to remove the radon from your home and reduce the amount of the harmful gas that you are breathing in. To get more information on how to test and treat high levels of radon, contact SWAT Environmental at http://swatradonutah.com to make an appointment for radon testing today.