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How about this you go to your kitchen to prepare a nutritious meal you could be subjecting your family -- dangerous radiation.
Researchers are now warning your granite countertop may contain may contain.
Radiation -- radon that's aghast thinking caused deadly lung cancer is this a realistic threat to your family fox medical contributor.
Doctor Mark Siegel joins us live in our New York studio doctor good to see you good morning grew up in researching this I was really surprised to learn that some.
Granite can contain uranium and some and highly -- high -- Since that's absolutely right Greg you know -- the first point is that the ad is correct that it is the number one actually lung cancer cause for nonsmokers and smokers to.
Can get much higher risk of getting lung cancer -- -- -- so it's an invisible odorless gas it's something we have to be concerned about now with granite counter tops.
The vast majority of them are it's completely safe and don't commit radon is a couple of varieties coming out of Brazil.
At a country called Namibia in Africa that have been shown exotic granite that can contain some uranium that can decompose -- to raid on just as you said.
But most of the time it's very very low dose and really I have to say the chances of you getting this from your granite countertop.
It's probably less -- your chance of being struck by -- Right now we do get radiation from the atmosphere for outer space it comes down to earth and then obviously -- Dick -- uranium from the ground seats up through the Earth's crust and it actually invades our homes right.
That's right and you just said that very accurately in fact we have seen an increase in the amount of background radiation.
And the truth is you don't know exactly what's in your home and it's easy enough to get it checked -- -- home kids.
You know there are places that we'll send people into check it's basically a Geiger counter it's easy to check your home for background radiation.
Probably worth doing that's not the same thing as jumping to a conclusion though.
Yeah all right now I don't want to alarm a lot of people out there who have.
Granite counter tops because I went to one web site.
They produce -- can get you.
More than 900 different kinds of granite counter tops from 63 different.
Countries as you point out Brazil in the media are two -- the dangerous areas.
But I mean how do you know among those 900 choices what's good what's bad you just don't do well.
And the marble institute of America's getting a lot of pressure on this and there are now saying -- -- -- -- prescreen these particular varieties -- the truth is though again I mean you'd have to be in Constant Contact with your granite countertop.
So before we start to give granite itself a bad name and my wife swears by -- for the best countertop and our kitchen.
I don't think we can assume that you're gonna get any problem from it.
But again this is a wake up call for being aware that if you're in areas -- near -- nuclear reactor there are certain areas.
Where there's more background radiation in this is a good reason if there's any concern at all to get your home check.
Most likely -- granite countertop is not gonna cause your -- -- right.
-- you said something really important -- just wanna underscore it you can go to the EPA website and you can order a do it yourself.
-- to test for radon and radiation in your in your home or your counter -- you can also go to the American association of -- scientists.
For a hundred.
To 300 bucks they can arrange a test of your house.
So doctor Marc Siegel thank you so much they're revealing information it's not very expensive Gregory if it's cheap and it could save your life absolutely okay thanks very much great segment that was now very Andrew thank.
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