The genetic mutations caused by repetitive exposure of lung cells to alpha particle radiation from radon will drive cancer formation. Depending on dose, it can take 1-3 decades before lung cancer is diagnosed.
Radon is classified as a category 1 carcinogen (cancer causing agent) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Category 1 is only assigned to carcinogens that research and medicine has established to cause cancer in humans and animals with no doubts whatsoever.
Like many environmental lung carcinogens, such as tobacco or asbestos, it is repetitive exposure to radon that is relevant to increasing relative lifetime risk of cancer.
Cancer occurs when genetic mutations impact how a cell grows, divides and/or spreads. When more genetic mutations accumulate over time, the risk of a cell becoming cancer increases.
The chances of getting a radon-induced lung cancer depend on the dose and duration of exposure, with higher exposures for longer periods meaning more genetic mutations greater cancer risk. Dose-for-dose, particle radiation causes a lot more genetic mutations than simple x-rays.
Radon is the 2nd leading cause of all lung cancers and is the primary cause of disease in never-smokers. In Canada, this has accounts for 110,000 cases since 2001 –an enormous burden of disease.
The connection between residential radon and lung cancer was proven directly by several large studies each involving >10,000 lung cancer patients and another >10,000 healthy controls.
The data indicated that there is a ~16% increase in relative lifetime risk of lung cancer for every 100 Bq/m3 of long term radon exposure.
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