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You can't see, smell or taste radon gas. Even if you are breathing it in at a high level, there are no symptoms of radon poisoning. Exposure to high levels of radon over time puts you at risk of developing lung cancer. If you smoke, this puts you at a higher risk.
Signs and symptoms of lung cancer from radon exposure can include:
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and radon is the second leading cause. It is estimated that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year are caused by radon exposure.
It's important to be aware of the signs of lung cancer and to see your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
The only way to know if you are being exposed to high levels of radon in your home is to perform a radon test. If there is too much radon in your home, there are proven mitigation methods to reduce radon levels. A radon mitigation system uses ventilation to reduce radon gas concentrations in the air inside your home.
Contact National Radon Defense to find professionals in your area who can provide continuous radon monitoring and radon mitigation.