Archive for December, 2011
Why Does Radon Gas Occur in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?
Radon contamination occurs in many cities and towns throughout the United States. Unfortunately, if you live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then you reside in one of the cities that have a greater risk of having radon contamination pollute indoor air. You can’t taste, see, or smell radon, so you won’t even know if your Bethlehem, Pennsylvania home is contaminated unless you get it checked by a radon mitigation specialist or purchase the equipment to do so yourself.
A known carcinogenic or cancer-causing substance, radon occurs when uranium that is present in the ground breaks down. As radon builds up beneath the earth’s surface, it builds up and searches for a way out. Eventually, radon reaches the earth’s surface and exits through the ground into the open atmosphere or through a building’s structure into its interior. Present in many Bethlehem, Pennsylvania locations, radon enters residential homes through cracks that exist in the foundation or basement walls. It can also enter through openings where the utilities enter the building or through the ground water supply.
Studies Indicate that Radon Gas May Cause Skin Cancer as well as Lung Cancer
Several studies have already provided results that show a causal link between radon exposure and lung cancer. However, a recent study performed by researchers connected to the European Centre for Environment & Human Health have shown that exposure to radon may also lead to skin cancer. In particular, the study suggested that higher than normal levels of radon in homes located in southwestern England may be responsible for a higher incidence of non-malignant skin cancer. More studies are recommended before any firm conclusions can be drawn.
Previous Head Coach for Penn State University, Joe Paterno, Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
The world has known for years that residential radon can lead to the development of lung cancer. In particular, it causes non-small cell lung cancer, a treatable form of the disease that is also referred to as epithelial lung cancer, NSCLC, squamous cell carcinoma, large cell lung cancer, and adenocarcinoma. Recently, the head football coach (Joe Paterno) for Penn State University was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer shortly after being fired by the school. Paterno is scheduled to undergo treatment for his lung cancer, which is considered treatable.
Radon Mitigation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
If you live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, you should have your home tested for the presence of radon. If the levels are determined to be higher than what the EPA suggests are safe, you should arrange to have radon mitigation strategies implemented to eliminate this radioactive gas from your home. One of the most effective radon mitigation strategies is the active soil depressurization method. This particular radon mitigation strategy equalizes the pressure between a residential building and the ground beneath it in order to eliminate the vacuum that sucks in the radon vapors. Once radon mitigation has taken place, the home should no longer pose a threat to the residents as far as radon exposure is concerned.
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