Radon and Your Health

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. Radon exposure is estimated to be the cause of 16% of lung cancers. Radon decays quickly, giving off tiny radioactive particles. When inhaled, these radioactive particles can damage the cells that line the lung. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.

If you live in a building with high radon levels (or if you spend a lot of time in one), you are at higher risk for lung cancer

If you smoke and you live in a home with a high level of radon, you are at an even higher risk for lung cancer.

 

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Page Last Updated: 12/10/2016