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EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
For most people, radon is the single greatest environmental source of radiation exposure. Learn more about radiation sources and doses, including radon. For smokers, the risk of lung cancer is significant due to the combined effects of radon and smoking.
If you do not have your radon results with you, or if you have not tested your home for radon yet, you can use EPA's radon data for the state you live in.
The radon levels by location are averages based on published data. A value of zero means that reliable data were unavailable for the selected location--it does not mean that there is no radon there. Radon levels vary from house to house in any given location. The only way to know your radon level for sure is to test your home.