Health Risks

                        Radon is one of the major causes of lung cancer.

                    Smoking combined with radon is especially serious, multiplying your health risk by about 16 times.

                    In Ohio, there are about 7,700 new lung cancer cases each year. Radon is suspected of causing at least

           900 of them.      

                    The risk of dying from lung cancer caused by radon is higher than the risk of dying in a fire.

        
                               


The tables below show the risk to smokers versus people who have never smoked.

 

 

 

RADON RISK IF YOU SMOKE  

Radon Level

(pCi/l)

If 1,000 people who smoked
were exposed to this level over a lifetime*...

The risk of cancer from radon
exposure compares to**...

WHAT TO DO:

Stop smoking and...

20 About 260 people could 

get lung cancer

250 times the risk of

drowning

Fix your home 
10 About 150 people could

get lung cancer

200 times the risk of dying in a home fire

Fix your home 
8 About 120 people could

get lung cancer

30 times the risk of dying in a fall

 Fix your home
4 About 62 people could

get lung cancer

5 times the risk of dying in a car crash

 Fix your home
2 About 32 people could

get lung cancer

6 times the risk of dying from poison

 Consider fixing between

2 and 4 pCi/l

1.3 About 20 people could

get lung cancer

(Average indoor radon level)  (Reducing radon levels

below 2 pCi/l is difficult)

 

0.4 About 3 people could

get lung cancer

(Average outdoor radon level)

Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower.
pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter)
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

 

 

RADON RISK IF YOU HAVE NEVER SMOKED

 

Radon Level

(pCi/l)

If 1,000 people who smoked
were exposed to this level over a lifetime*...
The risk of cancer from radon
exposure compares to**...
WHAT TO DO:

 

20 About 36 people could 

get lung cancer

35 times the risk of drowning Fix your home 
10 About 18 people could

get lung cancer

20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home 
8 About 15 people could

get lung cancer

4 times the risk of dying in a fall  Fix your home
4 About 7 people could

get lung cancer

The risk of dying in a car crash  Fix your home
2 About 4 people could

get lung cancer

The risk of dying from poison Consider fixing home between 2 and 4 pCi/l
1.3 About 2 people could

get lung cancer

(Average indoor radon level)  (Reducing radon levels

below 2 pCi/l is difficult)

 

0.4   (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower.
pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter)
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

     

 


 

 

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