We’re not the only ones concerned about radon levels. This story comes to us from the western slope:

According to a National Health Advisory from the federal government –more than 21,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year.

A colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of the soil is affecting 50% of properties in Colorado.

“People wonder how this would get into my home –if you have a cracked foundation and it doesn’t really matter if it’s an old home or a new home. New homes can be placed on property that has radon occurring in it,” said Debra Hesse, Cancer Services Resource Manager.

The cancer survivor and healthcare professional is warning –radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

“So people aren’t aware of that. Also when we have a patient with lung cancer who’s a non-smoker, the first thing we do is check their home for radon.”

Hesse says the gas is found in different parts of the state but some stronger than others. And if your test may have come back negative a few years ago, she recommends to continue to test your home in the future to avoid any harm.

“We encourage people to maybe very 4 or 5 years run another test and make sure. [Because]  houses settle things happen and so you know every four or five years run another test to make sure.”

Follow this story at http://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/homeowners-encouraged-to-test-for-radon/909918907