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RADON RISK IF YOU SMOKE
Radon Level
If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime...
The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to...
WHAT TO DO:
Stop smoking and...
20 pCi/L
About 260 people could get lung cancer
250 times the risk of drowning
Fix your home
10 pCi/L
About 150 people could get lung cancer
200 times the risk of dying in a home fire
Fix your home
8 pCi/L
About 120 people could get lung cancer
30 times the risk of dying in a fall
Fix your home
4 pCi/L
About 62 people could get lung cancer
5 times the risk of dying in a car crash
Fix your home
2 pCi/L
About 32 people could get lung cancer
6 times the risk of dying from poison
Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L
About 20 people could get lung cancer
(Average indoor radon level)
(Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L
About 3 people could get lung cancer
(Average outdoor radon level)
(Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

RADON RISK IF YOU HAVE NEVER SMOKED
Radon Level
If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime...
The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to...
WHAT TO DO:
20 pCi/L
About 36 people could get lung cancer
35 times the risk of drowning
Fix your home
10 pCi/L
About 18 people could get lung cancer
20 times the risk of dying in a home fire
Fix your home
8 pCi/L
About 15 people could get lung cancer
4 times the risk of dying in a fall
Fix your home
4 pCi/L
About 7 people could get lung cancer
The risk of dying in a car crash
Fix your home
2 pCi/L
About 4 people could get lung cancer
The risk of dying from poison
Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L
About 2 people could get lung cancer
(Average indoor radon level)
(Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L
(Average outdoor radon level)
(Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

It's never too late to reduce your risk of lung cancer. Don't wait to test and fix a radon problem. If you are a smoker, stop smoking.

 
 

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