By ventilating our homes sufficiently, it is possible to reduce exposure to radon. Radon is a radioactive noble gas that is found in many building materials, such as bricks, natural stone and cement. As a result, the concentration of radon can build up in homes, but you can reduce your exposure to radon by ensuring sufficient ventilation.
Radon is naturally present in the earth’s crust and atmosphere. This means that everyone is exposed to it to a greater or lesser extent. The average concentration of radon in Dutch homes is low in comparison with other European countries.
Radon and your health
There are health effects associated with exposure to radon.
Exposure to radon increases the risk of lung cancer
Exposure to radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
Radon and smaller particles from radon can attach themselves to dust particles in the air. If inhaled, these particles can become stuck in lung tissue and cause damage locally via radiation. The risk of lung cancer increases if you are exposed to radon over a longer period and to a greater extent.
It is possible to limit exposure to radon by keeping your home or workspace well ventilated. Smoking exacerbates the risk of developing lung cancer due to radon gas.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether avoiding exposure to radon may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.