Because radon is colorless and odorless, the only way to know if your home has an unsafe radon level is to test for it.. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. among people who have never smoked and is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to the EPA’s 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes.
Radon gas is a natural radioactive process, emitted as uranium decays. It is present in all types of soils across the United States, but Iowa has the highest concentration in the U.S. No matter where you live, the only way to know your radon risk is by having an EPA-certified radon test performed.
Our radon test for homes and businesses in Iowa is certified by the EPA and is your first step to ensure a safe living and working environment.
The test is inexpensive and should be done regularly. Our suggestion to all our clients is to do some research about radon on their own. Our goal is not to scare,but to make everyone informed that there is a real potential for the presence of radon gas in their home, office, or even school.
The good news about the presence of radon is that it easily can be fixed. Midwest Indoor Air Quality does not perform radon remediation, nor are we affiliated with remediation companies. We are an independent testing service with certified radon inspectors. Midwest Indoor Air Quality is certified and licensed by the state of Iowa to test radon gas levels in homes, commercial properties, and schools, and we are a member of AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists). This non-invasive test takes a minimum of 48 hours to complete.
The United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) says that radon is a worldwide health risk in homes, with radon exposure being the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking. Dr. Maria Neira of WHO said that most radon-induced lung cancers actually occur from low- and medium-dose exposures in people’s homes. The WHO details their recommendations for addressing indoor radon exposure in their Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective.
Radon exposure is the number-one cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked. Almost 3,000 never-smokers die each year from radon-induced lung cancer. Those who smoke who are also exposed to radon are at an even higher risk—they are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than nonsmokers. The lung cancer rates among women are also on the rise.
While lung cancer is treatable, the survival rate is one of the lowest among those with cancer, with 11 to 15 percent living beyond five years from the time of diagnosis. The best way to safeguard yourself from lung cancer is through prevention—avoid smoking, radon exposure, and second-hand smoke.
To learn more, visit the EPA’s list of radon health risks.
Please test your home for radon! Even if you don’t call us, call somebody!