You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. But you can detect it. What is it? Radon.
This radioactive gas can sneak into your home from the ground, working into your home’s air and into your living space. According to a recent study published in Environmental Research, radon is being linked to blood cancers.
Radon has already been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and now it’s becoming more of a threat with the newfound link to blood cancers, particularly with women potentially being at a higher risk, says HealthDay News. The study reported that radon exposure is being linked to a rare form of leukemia.
Over the span of 19 years, The American Cancer Society conducted research based on the information the organization collected as part of a radon study. Out of the 140,000 Americans involved in the prevention study, more than 3,000 blood cancers were diagnosed, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, according to HealthDay News. These numbers are extremely alarming. Researchers are warning others that although you can’t see or smell radon, it can still be dangerous – and even potentially fatal.
In an article published by WIVB, Dr. Philip McCarthy of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a renowned institution for cancer research and treatment in Buffalo, New York, said that radon is thought to put women who are homeowners at an even higher risk. He explained that the more time they spend at home or the longer they are home, the more they are exposed to the radioactive gas. McCarthy also speculated that the number of women who are homemakers compared to women who work outside of the home may also play a role in the higher incidence of radon-related cancers in women.
The American Cancer Society study concluded that women who lived in areas with higher concentrations of radon were 63 percent more prone to likely developing blood cancers compared to those who live in areas with low levels.
Fortunately, there are ways you can test for radon in your home. The team at Center Grove Real Estate Inspections can perform a radon test as part of a comprehensive home inspection, helping you determine if you have any radon issues. If the concentration of radon is high in your home, you should have it abated as soon as possible to keep you and your family protected from the problems that this odorless, invisible gas can cause.
To learn more or to schedule an inspection appointment, call us today at 317-313-5362.