The World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency are telling Americans to test their homes for radon gas, recently identified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that seeps out of the ground and can enter homes. Since it is invisible and odorless, the only way to know if a home has dangerous levels is to conduct a radon test.
The EPA estimates as many as 8 million homes in the U.S. currently have elevated levels of radon gas.
It predicts between 15,000-22,000 deaths will occur this year because of exposure to the gas.
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