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Radon & Cancer: Preventing Cancer in the Latino Community

Plan to join the Iowa Comprehensive Cancer Consortium for the first of seven sessions of Preventing Cancer in the Latino Community in 2010-11.

Learn about radon, its link to cancer, and how to reduce the related cancer risk in the Latino Community.

When: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, October 21st
Where: Mercy Medical Center – Main Campus East Tower 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines. View a map at http://www.mercydesmoines.org/about_mercy/documents/Campusmap11-09external.pdf.
Who: Any individuals and organizations interested in addressing issues related to cancer in the Latino community.

RSVP to Sara Comstock at comstock@canceriowa.org.

RRNC Standard Now Available for Public Review

A draft of a new construction standard - RRNC 2.0 “Reducing Radon in New Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwellings and Townhouses. - Draft 9-30-2010” has been released for public comment and review.

To view and download the draft standard and the comment form, visit http://www.aarst.org/images/RRNC_2_0_Standard_Public_Review_Draft_September_30_2010.pdf.

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORM(S) BY: December 15, 2010

Submittals (MS Word preferred) may be attached by email to standards@aarst.org or submitted in paper form by fax to (913) 780-2090:

1) Do not submit marked-up or highlighted copies of the entire document.
2) If a new provision is proposed, text of the proposed provision must be submitted in writing. If modification of a provision is proposed, the proposed text must be submitted utilizing the strikeout/underline format.

Radon Tee: World Trek 2010 Travels to Utah to Raise Radon Awareness

The Radon Tee, a special t-shirt designed for Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) by a group of eighth grade students from Illinois, will make a stop in Salt Lake City on September 21, 2010. It’s all part of Radon Tee: World Trek 2010, hosted by the Utah Division of Radiation Control (DRC), to raise awareness about radon. The project harnesses the power of many community leaders to educate Utahns about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.

Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, causing thousands of deaths annually in the United States. Each day, radon-induced lung cancer claims more than 57 lives in the United States. The lower the radon levels in your home, the lower your family’s health risk.

The Physician’s World: Impediments to communicating about radon

In my last blog, I offered the diagnosis that the medical community suffers from cognitive dissonance when it comes to patients and radon communication. To be clear, this cognitive dissonance arises from two facts. First, the medical and public health communities are aggressively advocating against behaviors, such as smoking, that cause lung cancer. Second, the medical community has not taken an aggressive approach to radon counseling, even though radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. In this blog, I would like to explore two of the more important reasons why I believe that this situation exists. In later blogs, I will discuss some ideas about a cognitive dissonance cure.

MN RLI - RRNC Training

Overview:
In Minnesota we have a state wide building code that has the provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC) Appendix F. We have created what we have coined "the Gold Standard for Radon Resistant New Construction". We recently held a training as part of the Radon Leaders Initiative (RLI) mini-grant.

RLI Training:
We held a training that was well attended; we had about 64 participants in our one day training. We spend the morning session on what the new code requirements are mandating the builders to install, the short falls of appendix F and the Gold Standard to make sure that their homes are truly "radon resistant". The afternoon session we teach them how to be better communicators and the basic principles of risk communication.

If you are interested in the materials that we supply to the contractors contact me by email and I will send them to you: Joshua.Miller@state.mn.us

CanSAR - PA Cancer Victim Speaks Out

CanSAR continues their great work getting the word out!

View excellent news coverage (video): http://www.wgal.com/video/22595955/index.html

The Radon Tee Train Keeps Chugging!

Radon Tee has over 500 fans on Facebook! Check out what we have been up to at www.facebook.com/radontee.

Learn more about our project and how you can get involved at www.radonleaders.org/radontee.

Training on Radon New Construction Code

Brief Overview:

Effective June 2010, Maine contractors will be required to comply with a new building code that includes the ASTM E-1465 standard for building radon out of new residential construction. Maine builders and codes enforcement officers need to understand the specific provisions of this standard, which itself is fairly new (2007).

Project Activity to Date:

In 2003-2006, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council developed a series of residential construction trainings for residential building professionals for proper design and construction of homes for healthy indoor air quality. Using the current CRCPD grant support, the MIAQC has incorporated the radon resistant new construction components of the new building code (ASTM E-1465, 2008) into these trainings. Five of the six trainings being presented during the project period have already been presented. The final one is scheduled for March 5, 2010.

RADON TEE IS TRULY AN INTERNATIONAL ICON

Pro Ten Services, official UK Radon TEE coordinators have launched the United Kingdom leg of the trek with visits to the Health Protection Agency and the British Research Establishment. On its first outing, the UK TEE accompanied ProTen Managing Director, Martin Freeman, to a consultation meeting at the Health Protection Agency, where potential changes to radon policies were discussed. The following day, the TEE attended a symposium at BRE Headquarters on estates management for school bursars, where ProTen Services presented a seminar on radon risks, regulations and remediation techniques. The city of Bath has become the latest stop on the Radon TEE World Trek UK tour. Famed for its Georgian architecture, Roman thermal spa and being the one-time home to Jane Austen, Bath is the only city in Britain to be designated as a World Heritage Site.

ANNOUNCEMENT – NRAM Activity Submittal Deadline Extended to Feb. 19th

Due to concern expressed over the recent inclement weather in some parts of the country, which has resulted in many office and school closings and power outages over the past week, the deadline for submitting National Radon Action Month activities to RadonLeaders.org has been moved from Feb. 12th to Feb. 19th. You now have until midnight on February 19th to share your events and activities that helped raise radon awareness and testing throughout the month of January.

Visit http://www.radonleaders.org/nram/addevent to submit your activities today.