Radon and Your Health
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.
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.
- 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%.
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
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
- Who Can Test or Fix Your Home?external icon
- EPA’s Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes pdf iconexternal icon
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control – Radonexternal icon
Additional CDC Radon Related Links
- Radon and Cancer
- Environmental Health and Medicine Education
- Radon Monitoring and Data Collection in the United Statespdf icon
- Toxic Substances Portal for Radon, which provides several documents on radon and health
Environmental Protection Agency Related Links
- The National Radon Action Plan (2015-2020)external icon
- Federal Radon Action Plan (2010-2016)external icon
- Basic Radon Factsexternal icon
- Final Federal Radon Action Plan Scorecardexternal icon
- Map of Radon Zonesexternal icon
- Radon Information for Kids, Students and Teachersexternal icon
- Drinking Water Contaminants: Health Standards for Radon in Drinking Waterexternal icon
- Radon Publications and Resourcesexternal icon
- Consumers Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix your Home pdf iconexternal icon
- Radon – ToxFAQs pdf icon
- Thorium – ToxFAQs pdf icon
- Natural and Depleted Uranium – ToxFAQs pdf icon
- Case Studies in Environmental Medicine – Radon Toxicitypdf icon
Other related Links