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How do we know radon is a carcinogen?

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates.  Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.  About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.  On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.  Read a study by Dr. William Field on radon-related lung cancer in women at www.cheec.uiowa.edu/misc/radon.html 

Read more about radon health risks at www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html

National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet on Radon & Cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/radon

A Citizen's Guide to Radon: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

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