Radon is a natural radioactive gas that can cause cancer. You can’t see, smell or taste it, but radon may be in your home. The Surgeon General's National Health Advisory on Radon states that "Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the first leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.
The entire state of Iowa is considered at high risk for radon gas in homes by the EPA. High levels of radon can be found in any type of home, so it is important for everyone to test their home.