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People get exposed to radon as a result of it being trapped indoors in a home or office building. This gas can get inside through gaps in insulation, cracks in floors or walls, or even tiny gaps in foundations or around pipes.
Those who spend most of their time in basements, working around uranium, phosphate fertilizers or in mines are most at risk for radon exposure.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is present in the soil and rocks of West Virginia and elsewhere in the United States. It’s colorless and odorless — and radioactive. As it breaks down over time, it gives off high-energy particles that are harmful to humans.
Long-term exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer. As radon breaks down in the air, the results of that breakdown, called radon progeny, get lodged in the lining of the lungs. These particles are radioactive and give off radiation, which is why cancer forms.
Since radon is a naturally occurring element, you can’t avoid it completely. But you can have your home or workplace tested for radon levels and take corrective action. In areas where radon is more prevalent, there are steps you can take in the building process to help keep radon out of your home. It’s important that you use a qualified contractor for work involving radon elimination.
If you’re a smoker, limiting your radon exposure along with quitting smoking is very important. The combined influence of cigarette smoke and radon exposure greatly increases your risk for lung cancer.
Prim Law Firm PLLC represents clients in cases involving lung cancer in West Virginia, and our clients owe no fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation on their behalf.