Archive for December, 2011
What is Radon Gas?
Many areas in Collegeville, Pennsylvania are known to have levels of radon that are higher than the national average. This means that homes in Collegeville, Pennsylvania have a greater health risk and an increased risk of developing cancer from prolonged exposure to this radioactive gas. Since radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, the best way to determine whether or not your building is contaminated by this cancer-causing gas is to have it tested by radon mitigation specialists.
Radon gas is a known carcinogenic that forms in the ground when uranium begins to break down below the earth’s surface in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and other areas. This radioactive gas enters a building through cracks in the foundation and basement walls. It builds up over time, exposing anyone who lives or works in the building to this noxious gas and setting the stage for the development of cancer.
Studies Indicate that Radon Gas May Cause Skin Cancer as well as Lung Cancer
While scientists have believed for years that radon gas causes lung cancer, they have recently discovered a potential link between this noxious gas and skin cancer. A team of scientists from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health have suggested that radon gas may be linked to a higher incidence of skin cancer in southwest England. According to these researchers, a link between high levels of radon found in households located in their study area and non-malignant skin cancer was discovered. More study on this concept is warranted before any conclusions can be made. However, at present, these findings suggest that anyone whose home has high levels of this radioactive gas present may want to consider radon mitigation to reduce their risk of acquiring either lung or skin cancer.
Previous Head Coach for Penn State University, Joe Paterno, Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
The former head coach, Joe Paterno, for Penn State’s football team has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. Diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer, Joe Paterno is expected to undergo treatment for his type of lung cancer, a form of epithelial lung cancer, also known as NSCLC, non-small lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, or large cell cancer. This type of lung cancer is linked to exposure of radon gas, and it has a higher survival rate than small cell lung cancer.
Radon Mitigation in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
If you have discovered through testing that your Collegeville, Pennsylvania home has been infiltrated by high levels of radon, then you need to implement radon mitigation strategies to dispel this noxious gas. The most commonly used form of radon mitigation is the active soil depressurization method. Once this strategy has been fully implemented by radon mitigation specialists, the pressure between your Collegeville, Pennsylvania home and the ground is equalized, taking away the vacuum that previously drew radon gas into your home.
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