Radon and Your Health

Are You At Risk From Radon? Radon Awareness Week January 25-29, 2020

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Get The Facts


  • Radon is estimated to cause 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
  • If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
  • Radon can be found all over the U.S.
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Test Your Home


  • Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.
  • Testing is easy—it should only take a few minutes of your time.
  • Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
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Take Action


  • You can fix a radon problem.
  • Radon reduction systems work, and they are not too costly.
  • Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.
Radon-Related Resources
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CDC’s Protect Yourself and Your Family from Radon website contains information from across CDC/ATSDR and its partners, about:
• Health effects of radon
• Smoking and radon
• Radon and drinking water
• Tracking radon data
• Reducing radon in homes

Protect Your Family From Radon - Radon is a gas that you can't see, smell, or taste - but it can be dangerous. It's the second leading cause of lung cancer. Learn more by calling the National Radon Hotline: 1-800-SOS-RADON (1-800-767-7236)

CDC’s Radon Communication Toolkit, also featured on CDC’s radon website, is designed for environmental and public health professionals to increase awareness and understanding of radon, its health effects, and the importance of testing for radon among the communities they serve. The toolkit contains customizable fact sheets, infographics, newsletter articles, and social media posts.

For More Information About Radon:

  • U.S. EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Radonexternal icon
  • Call CDC-INFO at 1-800-CDC-INFO or 1-800-232-4636
  • 1-800-55RADON (557-2366)*– Get live help for your radon questions.
  • 1-800-644-6999*– Radon Fix-It Hotline for general information on fixing or reducing the radon level in your home.
  • 1-800-426-4791– Safe Drinking Water Hotline for general information on drinking water, radon in water, testing and treatment, and standards for radon drinking water.
    Operated under a contract with EPA.

*Operated by Kansas State University in partnership with EPA

Radon in the Home

Additional CDC Radon Related Links

Environmental Protection Agency Related Links

Publications 

Other related Links

National Cancer Institute, Radon and Cancerexternal icon

Page last reviewed: February 12, 2021