Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. 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.
The Surgeon General of the United States issued a Health Advisory in 2005 warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. The Nation’s Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing.
For additional information about radon contact:
KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health
275 East Main St
Frankfort, KY 40621
KY Department for Public Health Radon Program