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					Radon Risk Comparison Charts

Radon Risk If You Smoke

       If 1,000 people    The risk of               WHAT TO
      who smoked were    cancer from                  DO:
Radon
       exposed to this radon exposure                Stop
Level
         level over a     compares                  smoking
          lifetime*...      to**...                  and...
20      About 260 people      250 times the risk Fix your
pCi/L   could get lung cancer of drowning        home
                              200 times the risk
10      About 150 people                         Fix your
                              of dying in a
pCi/L   could get lung cancer                    home
                              home fire
8       About 120 people      30 times the risk    Fix your
pCi/L   could get lung cancer of dying in a fall   home
                              5 times the risk of
4       About 62 people                           Fix your
                              dying in a car
pCi/L   could get lung cancer                     home
                              crash
                                                  Consider
2       About 32 people       6 times the risk of fixing
pCi/L   could get lung cancer dying from poison between 2
                                                  and 4 pCi/L
1.3     About 20 people       (Average indoor (Reducing
pCi/L   could get lung cancer radon level)    radon
                                              evels below 2
0.4     About 3 people could (Average outdoor pCi/L is
pCi/L   get lung cancer      radon level)     difficult.)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of
Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control Reports.

Radon Risk If You've Never Smoked

      If 1,000 people who    The risk of
      never smoked were     cancer from
Radon                                               WHAT TO
         exposed to this  radon exposure
Level                                                 DO:
           level over a      compares
            lifetime*...       to**...
20      About 36 people could 35 times the risk Fix your
pCi/L   get lung cancer       of drowning       home
                              20 times the risk
10      About 18 people could                   Fix your
                              of dying in a
pCi/L   get lung cancer                         home
                              home fire
8       About 15 people could 4 times the risk     Fix your
pCi/L   get lung cancer       of dying in a fall   home
4       About 7 people could   The risk of dying Fix your
pCi/L   get lung cancer        in a car crash    home
                                                 Consider
2       About 4 person could   The risk of dying fixing
pCi/L   get lung cancer        from poison       between 2
                                                 and 4 pCi/L
1.3     About 2 people could   (Average indoor  (Reducing
pCi/L   get lung cancer        radon level)     radon levels
                                                below
0.4                            (Average outdoor 2 pCi/L is
pCi/L                          radon level)     difficult.)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher.
* Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of
Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control Reports.