Radon Gas Might Increase Your Risk Of Lung Cancer

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 11:23 AM

There's new information suggesting that a naturally occurring radioactive material in the soil can be a major contributor to lung cancer.

Radon is an invisible, colourless and tasteless gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil and we breathe it all the time, but the danger comes from accumulated exposure to high levels.

Roshini Kassie is the Manager of Community Outreach at the New Brunswick Lung Association and she says back in 2012, Health Canada did a survey where they tested 14 thousand home across the country, and found that 21 percent of New Brunswick homes tested above the 200 becquerels per square meter guideline, which is approximately 3 times the norm for the rest of Canada.

"We think that it is definitely related to the composition of the soil, says Kassie. "We are a very mineral rich and uranium rich kind of province here, so that could be a factor for sure."

She also says every building and home is unique, and there are many factors that can change the levels of radon in a building, like how well ventilated the building is, how packed the soil is, and if there is anything in your home that can change the pressure differential in your home, like a fireplace.

Kassie says test kits are available at your local hardware stores, and she recommends everyone tests their home as soon as is possible.