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What are some signs of radon poisoning?

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There are no overt symptoms of radon poisoning, reports WebMD. An individual is usually made aware of it when his office or residence is tested and found to have high levels of radon, or if he develops lung cancer that is medically found to be caused by radon.

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Though there are no immediate symptoms, the consequence of prolonged exposure to radon results in lung cancer, according to WebMD. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon is responsible for over 20,000 deaths annually as of January 2015. The first leading cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. A combination of smoking and radon exposure gives a much higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Some areas of the country have heavier concentrations of radon than others, states WebMD. However, if a person lives in an area with low concentrations, it does not mean he isn't exposed. Houses sitting side by side can have highly differing levels of radon, with one being toxic and the other not. The only way to determine the safety of a home or office is through testing for radon levels.

Because radon poisoning has no symptoms and it is undetectable except by testing, it is recommended by the U.S. government that every home be tested, reports WebMD.

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