Health Effects of Radon

Radon increases the risk of lung cancer in both smokers and never-smokers. According to the USEPA, radon is attributed to at least 21,000 deaths per year. The health effects were confirmed by the BEIR, IRLCS (Iowa Radon Lung Cancer Study), and WHO studies.

More people die from lung cancer each year than breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined.

  • Lung Cancer survival rate: 15%
    • Less than 50 % chance of one year survival.
  • Colon Cancer survival rate: 63%
  • Breast Cancer survival rate: 88%
  • Prostate Cancer survival rate: 99%

 Lung cancer accounted for the highest number of cancer deaths globally in 2012.

  • 19% of the total number of cancer deaths in the world.
  • 1.6 million deaths due to lung cancer.  
  • Next highest cancer deaths globally:
    • Liver (0.8 million, 9.1%)
    • Stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%)

Radon is a Known Carcinogen Acknowledged by:

  • World Health Organization
  • National Academy of Sciences: Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee (BEIR)
  • International Commission on Radiological Protection
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • American Medical Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • EPA
Accidental Deaths Per Year in US