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How can you get sick from radon?
November 14, 2014

How can you get sick from radon?

From radon you can get sick from:

  • Alpha radiationfromradonparticlesinhaledin the lungs (especially withsmoking)
  • Gamma radiationfromradiuminbuilding materials-unclear
  • Radiation fromradon inwater–unclear
  • Radiation fromradioactivefood–unclear


Lung cancer has been observed in:

  • Miners who have been exposed to radon
  • Animals that have been exposed to radon
  • People who have been exposed to gamma or X-rays, such as survivors from Nagasaki and Hiroshima
  • People exposed to radon in homes