You may have heard about the importance of removing radon from your home. But you may not know exactly what can happen if you or your loved onesare exposed to the gas.

Radon Exposure Can Cause Lung Cancer 

Exposure to a toxic level of radon can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lung cancer caused by radon gas kills 20,000 people each year.

Mitigating the Effects of Radon Exposure 

Symptoms of radon exposure often do not show up for several years. In fact, you may not show any signs of radon poisoning until you have already developed lung cancer.

But there is no reason to panic. Inexpensive tests are available to measure the level of radon in your home. If you do find a high amount of radon, you can take steps to remove the gas before you get sick.