MYTH: Scientists are not
sure that radon really is a problem.
Although some scientists dispute the
precise number of deaths due to
radon, all the major health
organizations (like the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, the
American Lung Association and the
American Medical Association) agree
with estimates that radon causes
thousands of preventable lung cancer
deaths every year. This is
especially true among smokers, since
the risk to smokers is much greater
than to non-smokers.
MYTH: Radon testing is
difficult, time-consuming and
Radon testing is easy and
MYTH: Radon testing devices
are not reliable and are difficult
Reliable testing devices are
available from qualified radon
testers and companies.
MYTH: Homes with radon
problems can't be fixed.
There are simple solutions to radon
problems in homes. Hundreds of
thousands of homeowners have already
fixed radon problems in their homes.
Radon levels can be readily lowered
for $800 to $2,500 (with an average
cost of $1,200)..
MYTH: Radon affects only
certain kinds of homes.
House construction can affect radon
levels. However, radon can be a
problem in homes of all types: old
homes, new homes, drafty homes,
insulated homes, homes with
basements and homes without
basements. Local geology,
construction materials, and how the
home was built are among the factors
that can affect radon levels in
MYTH: Radon is only a
problem in certain parts of the
High radon levels have been found in
every state. Radon problems do vary
from area to area, but the only way
to know your radon level is to test.
MYTH: A neighbor's test
result is a good indication of
whether your home has a problem.
It's not. Radon levels can vary
greatly from home to home. The only
way to know if your home has a radon
problem is to test for it.
MYTH: It's difficult to sell
a home where radon problems have
Where radon problems have been
fixed, home sales have not been
blocked or frustrated. The added
protection is sometimes a good
MYTH: I've lived in my home
for so long, it doesn't make sense
to take action now.
You will reduce your risk of lung
cancer when you reduce radon levels,
even if you've lived with a radon
problem for a long time.
MYTH: Short-term tests can't
be used for making a decision about
whether to fix your home.
A short-term test,
followed shortly by a second
short-term test can be used to
decide whether to fix your home.
However, the closer the average of
your two short-term tests is to 4
pCi/L, the less certain you can be
about whether your year-round
average is above or below that
level. Keep in mind that radon
levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some
risk. Radon levels can be reduced
in most homes to 2 pCi/L or below.
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