What are the health risks associated with radon exposure?

Exposure to elevated levels of radon poses significant health risks. When radon gas is inhaled, it can release radioactive particles that can damage lung tissue over time. Prolonged exposure to high radon levels increases the risk of developing lung cancer, particularly among non-smokers. In fact, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is responsible for a substantial number of lung cancer cases overall. The risk is further compounded for smokers, as the combination of smoking and radon exposure significantly increases the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Other potential health effects of radon exposure include respiratory issues and an increased risk of certain respiratory infections. Testing for radon and implementing appropriate mitigation measures are crucial for minimizing the health risks associated with radon exposure.