Americans have long been aware of the relationship between smoking and lung cancer. The second leading cause of lung cancer can be found in their own homes and is harder to detect.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency to educate South Carolinians on the potential danger of radon. Radon is an invisible gas that naturally exists in the environment. However, when it’s accumulated, radon exposure can have serious side effects, including the increased risk of lung cancer. Usually such levels often occur when radons become trapped in basements.
Sandra Flemming of DHEC says there has never before been such overwhelming evidence of the link between radon exposure and cancer. As a result, DHEC and the EPA are educating the public on the need to inspect residences,
Flemming says test kits are usually available at hardware stores and DHEC offers free test kits as well. DHEC’s website has more information.