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Radon: The Silent Killer That Can Be Stopped

DENVER (CBS4) – You can’t see it in your home or smell it, but radon could kill you. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, radon is responsible for more than 500 lung cancer deaths in Colorado each year.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed January National Radon Action Month in Colorado. The governor is encouraging people to get their homes tested. January makes sense because the test works best when all doors and windows are closed.

If you think you don’t need to test, think again. Every home, in every neighborhood, in every state has the potential to harbor the silent killer.

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Lexington Woman Battling Cancer Warns Others About Radon

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - You can not see it, smell it, or taste it. Some say it's among the most dangerous things in our homes.

Radon contributes to over 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the country each year.

Now, Lois Turner Dees who's fighting the disease hopes to warn others about the potential threat.

"Today is the first anniversary of when I was diagnosed with stage four renal carcinoma," says Dee. "When you're first diagnosed with lung cancer, you're in shock."

What's even surprising is that Dees never been or lived with a smoker.

3 Family Members Diagnosed with Lung Cancer; Radon Suspected

DRAPER — She still doesn't know how it happened: three family members diagnosed with lung cancer in one year. And the strange thing is none of them ever smoked.

"(My husband) was 44 when he was diagnosed, and he died on his 45th birthday," said Mary Ann Williams, a resident of Draper. "My mother was diagnosed six days after I buried my husband ... that was hard to take. And then my daughter's mother-in-law, she passed away a year after my husband."

That was six years ago. Today, Williams wonders how it happened. She said her husband, Steve Williams, was in great shape. He ran marathons, went on big hikes and loved to ride his bike. But in the fall of 2005, he developed a bad cough.

"He had, kind of was feeling pressure on his chest," Williams said. "(The) doctor just decided he was stressed, didn't even listen to his lungs, just gave him cough medicine and went on his way."

The cough got worse. Several months later, Steve ended up in the hospital.

A Silent Killer: Video and Article

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There's a killer lurking in and around your home and you may not even know it. Dead bolts and window locks are no match; in fact you could be in danger right now!

That killer is Radon, a radioactive gas. It's a deadly by-product of decaying Uranium in the ground.

How deadly? Consider this; Radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths every year. Claiming more lives annually than drunk driving and house fires, combined!

According to the surgeon general, Radon exposure is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Scary! When you consider more people who've never touched a cigarette are developing lung cancer. According to Dr. Veena Antony for those who do smoke Radon only increases their risk of getting it.