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Why is radon considered a health hazard?

Radon is a radionuclide. Radionuclides are radioactive isotopes  (unstable forms of elements). Radioactivity is the release of energy in the form of gamma rays and energetic alpha and beta particles, which occurs when unstable elements decompose to form more stable elements. The process by which an element changes from an unstable state to a more stable state by emitting radiation is called radioactive decay. Half-life is the time required for half of the initial amount of a radioactive element to decay. Gamma rays, alpha particles, and beta particles, which are given off by radioactive decay, have very different properties but are all ionizing radiation — each is energetic enough to break chemical bonds, thereby possessing the ability to damage or destroy living cells. 


 

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