Radon gas


Radon is a radioactive and naturally occurring gas, that emanates from the ground and tends to concentrate in closed spaces such as underground mines, caves, homes, and workplaces, amongst others.


According to the World Health Organization, the inhalation of this gas is, at the present time, the second leading cause of lung cancer in Spain, only surpassed by tobacco consumption.


When radon gas is inhaled, radiation in the form of alpha particles emitted from its decay products can interact with the lung tissue resulting in DNA damage.


The National Institute for Silicosis has technical and human resources to conduct studies of Radon gas measurement and continuous monitoring of it in workplaces as well as in homes and public areas.