Articles of Interest regarding Radon Gas and Well Water issues.
Residential exposure to radon, a known carcinogen for lung
cancer, has now been shown to increase the risk for hematologic malignancies in women, although not in men. The increase in risk was seen after even moderate levels of exposure, according to a large
prospective study of the general population in the United States.
The results were published online March 22 in Environmental Research.
"Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and now we
have this second set of cancers that we think is associated with even moderate levels of radon," said lead researcher Lauren Teras, PhD, strategic director of hematologic cancer research at the
American Cancer Society (ACS) in Atlanta.
People should test their homes and follow the remediation
procedure recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "Once they have gone through the process, people can eliminate or vastly reduce their exposure to radon," she told Medscape Medical News.