It’s Monday night and you just got home from work. You enjoy a nice meal with your family and step down to the basement to watch your favorite TV show or sporting event. The show breaks for commercial and you notice an advertisement asking: Have you have ever been exposed to asbestos in the work place? Do you know anyone who has died from or is suffering from mesothelioma? If so you may have a personal injury case, call the mesothelioma experts at…. Now you probably don’t take much notice after that, you work and have always worked in clean modern buildings and to your knowledge you have never been exposed to asbestos. So you and your family continue on with your evening in the basement TV room, watching your favorite programs. What you may not know is that your basement TV room may be far more deadly than mesothelioma and unfortunately there aren’t many TV commercials educating you about radon gas and its risks.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer that can be caused by exposure to asbestos in the home or workplace. It is a deadly disease that devastates families who’s loved one’s knowingly or unknowingly were exposed to dangerous asbestos particles in the air. Mesothelioma affects the thin tissue around organs and is especially damaging to the lungs. According to a Centers for Disease Control study, mesothelioma causes about 2,500 deaths annually. Many personal injury law firms are advertising on the television and radio because asbestos manufacturers hid the dangers of asbestos from the public and continued to sell and distribute their deadly product. Subsequently the public was exposed to asbestos in their homes and at work. Millions of dollars in trust funds have been set aside for mesothelioma settlements to help patients with medical and funeral bills.
Radon gas induced lung cancer kills approximately 20,000 Americans each year according to the United States EPA and the Centers for Disease Control. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium in the soil. Radon gas seeps into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation. Radon is odorless and colorless and the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon levels tend to be higher in the basement because radon is heavier than air. Awareness for radon is low and even though it kills an estimated 17,500 more people per year than mesothelioma, you don’t see many commercials on TV educating people about radon dangers. One reason is that radon is naturally occurring and you can’t sue Mother Nature. In the future, we may begin to see lawsuits associated with exposure to radon in the workplace because just as radon gas can affect you in your home, radon enters offices and buildings through the foundation. If detected, radon gas can be controlled with a radon remediation system. These systems remove the radon from the soil before it enters the home, office, school or other building. Radon remediation systems typically cost under $1500 for a single family home and can reduce radon gas levels by up to 99%.
Next time you notice a commercial for mesothelioma, think about the greater risk of lung cancer from radon gas. Purchase a radon test kit online, from state or local radon contacts, from certified radon measurement professionals or from your local hardware store. If you know about radon gas, educate your families and friends about its dangers because it’s unlikely that they will see a radon commercial on TV.
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Here is an EPA radon PSA that you may not run accross on TV so we'll show it here: