I've become a radon fanatic. If I had a billion dollars, I'd start a foundation dedicated to radon and public health. So many people are unaware of the health hazards associated with elevated radon levels. Countless people are getting exposed to a carcinogenic gas and they don't realize it. Others simply don't care because they live in denial. They simply think, "it's not going to happen to me."
According to the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency):
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually.Why am I such a fanatic about radon? Because I didn't really care about radon until I recently had a house inspection. After the radon levels came back elevated, I did countless hours of research to explore and understand this topic. During that process, I realized that many other healthcare professionals simply don't really care very much about radon. It's an invisible gas, so people often forget to think about it.
How can I prove that many people don't care about radon or the EPA? The EPA has a Twitter account and do you know how many people are following the @EPAgov? At the time when I wrote this article, only 3,032. Even I have more followers than that! Compare that to 782,757 following @CDCEmergency!