What risks do I face if radon is in my home?

The risk of long-term exposure to radon is lung cancer. The EPA has estimated that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year, and that radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Since there are no “symptoms” of lung cancer in the early stages, and there may be a “lag time” of between 10 and 40 years between initial exposure to radon and onset of the disease, there are no clues as to whether or not the “daughters” are destroying cells in your lungs at this very moment. Because radon is invisible, odorless and tasteless, the only way to evaluate whether or not you face the risk of radon exposure is to test your home for radon.