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Many homeowners worry a lot about radon in Ottawa, especially if they didn’t realize that it could be in their homes or found out it was after living there for many years. These concerns are normal and can be alleviated when people understand radon a little bit better.

The problem with radon is that you cannot see it, smell it, taste it, or otherwise detect it in your home. There aren’t any tests that you can use to determine how much radon you’ve been exposed to or how it has affected your body.

Since radon can cause lung cancer, this is terrifying for many people. After all, no one wants to deal with cancer, and lung cancer can be particularly awful.

Here are some ways to know if you have signs of radon exposure or lung cancer, plus actions you can take if you think you have symptoms. If you have any questions at all, or need more information, please reach out to the Ottawa Radon experts at Out of This World.

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Increased Illness

Exposure to radon may cause an increase in certain types of lung disease and lung infections. These include emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic interstitial pneumonia. If you have these conditions and you don’t know the underlying cause, you should talk to your doctor about possible radon exposure. They may be able to begin regular scans to check for lung cancer.

Signs of Lung Cancer

If you do develop lung cancer, it’s key to catch it early. That way, it is easier to treat and survival odds are better. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing that doesn’t go away
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, especially when coughing or laughing
  • A hoarse voice
  • Frequent bronchial or lung infections

Actions to Take if You Have Symptoms

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Let them know if you have any known radon exposure, because it might expedite the testing process.

They will likely order a wide variety of tests, from lung scans to blood tests, which should tell them more about what is going on in your body. You may be referred to a pulmonologist (lung doctor) or a lung cancer specialist in order to get a more accurate diagnosis and better care.

Ottawa Radon Experts Here to Help!

Finding out you’ve been exposed to radon can be terrifying, but it doesn’t have to stress you out all the time. When you know what to look for and what to do, you are prepared no matter what happens. Call us at Out of This World if you want to schedule an Ottawa radon test or install a radon mitigation system today.

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