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General Information and Health Effects

Radon: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You.

You can't see radon, can't smell it or taste it. You may never have even heard of it. But radon may be a problem in your home that could harm your family.

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that can be found all over the United States. Radon comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air we breathe. Radon tends to accumulate in enclosed structures, so it is particularly a problem in homes. Radon is estimated to cause thousands of deaths each year. Breathing air that contains radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

How To Reduce Your Chances Of Getting Lung Cancer From Radon:

  • Test your home for radon and reduce high levels.
  • Be aware that if you smoke and your home has high radon levels, the risk of lung cancer is especially high.

In Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Health Lead & Healthy Homes Program (ILHHP) has the responsibility of licensing radon testers and mitigators in the State of Indiana, and providing the public of Indiana information about radon and its effects.

Indiana State Dept. of Health Contact:

Indiana State Department of Health
Indiana Radon Program Coordinator
(8000 272-9723

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