Unfortunately, not everything that can kill you is quite so obvious. Sometimes things you can’t see… or feel… can slowly be chipping away at your health, like a thief in the night.
Case in point: The latest research proves that an invisible gas that you can’t smell or taste – one that’s RADIOACTIVE and very likely in your home right now – is even deadlier than previously thought.
Radon, a known human carcinogen, has been associated with lung cancer for at least a decade – but now, a new study finds that it’s also linked to a risk of developing blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
And ladies, radon has got its eye on YOU.
Using data from the American Cancer Society of more than 140,000 men and women over the course of 19 years, researchers found that women in areas with peak concentrations of this gas were 63 percent more likely to develop blood cancers than women in areas with the lowest concentration of radon.
And the higher the exposure, the higher the risk was. Even moderate levels of this gas were associated with a 37 per cent greater risk for cancer than the lowest levels.
But that was true ONLY for the women, and not the men. The researchers claim they don’t know why, but if you look at when data was first collected – in the early 1980s – it’s not a stretch to think that it may be because at the time, women were spending more time home than men.
And home is where the radon is.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the US has elevated levels of this deadly gas. It can come in through the water supply, and it occurs naturally in the soil below your house – but if it finds a way to leak inside, it then gets trapped there.
That means if you’re currently enjoying the spoils of retirement, you may want to think twice about spending it in the recliner in front of the TV all day and night.
But even if you spend your days out on the links or in the garden, you still could be sleeping with the enemy at night.
Now, radon may be a “silent” killer, but it’s not invincible. You can fix it and spare yourself the long-term health risks…but you have to know it’s there, first.
The EPA recommends that everyone test their home for radon. Every state has a radon office that can provide you with a list of qualified testers. But keep in mind that radon levels can vary from room to room and even from day to day, so be prepared to perform several tests to get an average reading.
If radon levels are consistently elevated, get professional help. Some radon reduction systems can eliminate radon almost entirely from your home.
Home Radon May Be Linked to Women’s Blood Cancers, webmd.com/women/news/20160503/radon-in-the-home-may-be-linked-to-blood-cancers-in-women
A Citizen’s Guide to Radon, epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/2012_a_citizens_guide_to_radon.pdf