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Indoor Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause among non-smokers. Protect your family. Test your home. During the month of January, EPA works to raise the public's awareness about radon and the importance of testing for radon -- especially in homes and schools. The EPA, working in concert with Federal, State, and local governments as well as volunteer organizations, conducts many different programs to educate Americans about the indoor radon health threat. About 1 in 15 homes has high radon levels. If you haven't tested your home, do it now during National Radon Action Month. If you have further questions about Radon, please call your state radon contact (just click on your state), or call the National Radon Information Line at: 1-800-SOS-RADON [1-800-767-7236] 

Read the Radon Proclamation, download the file (PDF, 1 page, 79KB About PDF). 
Read More About Radon Action Month
Read about National Radon Action Month Events in Minnesota

 
 



Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year.  Peter Jennings’ death and Dana Reeve’s announcement have raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer.  Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.  From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors.  In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon.  Read More...

Recent Additions

National Radon Meeting 2005 (September 2005)

National Strategy Announced (July 2005)

World Health Organization Launches Radon Effort (June 2005)

Studies Find Direct Evidence Linking Radon in Homes to Lung Cancer (March 2005)

The U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, Issues National Health Advisory on Radon (January 2005)

 
     
 
 
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