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Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless gas. Radon is a byproduct that is formed during the 14 decay stages of Uranium-238. Uranium-238 is found in different soil types and rocks throughout the depths of the earth, causing radon to be present in nearly every space of the world.
When radon is released as part of the decay process, it is radioactive. Because is radioactive, it decays through half life cycles. The decay cycles release energy in the form of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma radiation, as well as harmful radon decay products. The decay products are "sticky" in nature, and attach to objects, such as dust. The particles can then be breathed into the lungs. When in the lungs, the high-energy radiation causes damage to the DNA in the lung tissue, leading to lung cancer. Radon is currently the SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER.
The EPA estimates that the average outdoor radon concentration is 0.4 Pi/Cl and the average indoor radon concentration is 1.3 Pi/Cl. The EPA states that the indoor radon concentration should be no higher then 4.0 Pi/Cl. However, any level of radon is harmful.
Radon can also be present in water that comes from a well. This happens when aquifers come into contact with the decaying Uranium-238. This radon can become airborne. When the water is pumped into your home, it goes through your water spigot and becomes aerated. This radon tainted water can become ingested as well, but is not known to be as big of a health epidemic as airborne radon is.