Radon Gas Continues To Be A Silent Killer

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:23 AM

Radon gas is called a silent killer.

The New Brunswick Lung Association says long-term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.  

Radon is colourless, odourless and is a radioactive gas produced naturally by the decay of uranium in the ground.

Lung Association Spokesperson Robert MacDonald, says testing is the only way to determine your radon levels.

He says there are a number of measuring devices on the market including home testing kits.

Spokesperson Roshini Kassie says people don't realize the risks of radon, "Breathing high levels of radon increases your risk of  developing lung cancer, so it is quite a public health problem in Canada. Throughout the years, they've been testing different homes and different buildings across the country and looking at signs all over the world in Europe and the US, and yes there is a link between breathing high levels of radon and lung cancer."

Residents are encouraged to test their homes to find out how much radon there is, and many are taking an interest, "How it gets in your home, through cracks in the foundation and so on.  people are learning more about the links of lung cancer, and they want to prevent getting lung cancer.  So a lot more people, they're learning and they're testing for radon, and taking steps to reduce radon levels."

Kassie says the only way to know if it is in your home, is by testing for it.

At least eight Canadians die every day from radon-induced lung cancer.