Former Olympian blames radon for lung cancer
By Gabe Semenza
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United states, behind only smoking. Children are especially susceptible. It kills an estimated 21,000 people per year.
Apparently, Olympic athletes aren't immune either.
According to a news story published this week, Rachael Malmberg, a former U.S. Women's Olympic hockey team member, fell ill with stage 4 lung cancer, which she blames on dangerous levels of radon in her home.
According to the story:
The 33-year-old mother was a healthy non-smoker who still exercised daily and was training for the military. But when she started experiencing pain in her back and ribs she went to see a doctor and received an MRI. The cancer was in her lungs and had already spread to her lymph nodes and brain.
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