Services for radon testing exist even though radon has a very short half-life. Radon lasts less than a week before dissipating into nothingness. For construction workers, it is not so much the gas itself as it is the long-term negative effects on their health should they accidentally breathe in some of this gas. Here are all the ways in which radon can harm those who accidentally breath it in before the gas has ultimately dissipated.
Radon is radioactive. Continued and unintentional breathing of this gas is akin to placing a bar of uranium under your nose and snuffling it for several minutes. The radioactive particles head into the lungs and immediately start mutating the cells in the lungs until the mutations become cancer. It is very sinister, especially considering the fact that radon cannot be smelled and will be untraceable by the time you uncover what caused your cancer.
Because radon is inhaled, and because your sinus passages have a direct link to your brain, you could also develop brain cancer. These cancers most notably show up in the frontal lobe, which sits directly above the bridge of your nose where your nasal passages end. Sadly, by the time you discover the effects of breathing in radon, the cancer in your brain has begun to spread to other parts of your brain. Aggressive treatment may be possible, but surgery to remove any tumors is not.
Loss of Ability to Think Clearly and Breathe Properly
As you in hale more radon or radon progeny when it sticks to dust particles, you may find that you lose the ability to breathe. At this point, your lungs are already affected and infected. You may also feel quite fuzzy-headed and/or you cannot think as clearly as you normally would or would like to think. To see if there is a problem with radon in your home, you can hire a service to test for this gas. It may require more than one testing since it will be difficult to test for if the test collector cannot detect much of anything initially because the radon is at the end of its life. However, uranium and one other common radioactive substance will continue to throw off more radon, and the test collector should be able to pick up on the radon if and when a second or third test is conducted in your home.
Contact a service like Greene Concrete Cutting Inc for more assistance.