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Radon: Smokers and Non-Smokers Beware!

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the leading cause among nonsmokers. Even though several states have specific radon policies, almost half of cancer coalitions may not be aware of radon as a public health concern, according to recent research by the CDC.

Researchers reviewed 65 cancer plans created from 2005 through 2011 by for terms like “radon,” “lung,” or “radiation.” Plan activities were categorized as home testing, remediation, radon awareness, supporting radon policy activities, or policy evaluation.

Twenty-seven of the plans reviewed (or 42 percent) had radon specific terminology. Improving awareness of radon was included in all 27 plans. Researchers also noted that three plans had current engagement in radon activities; 30 states had specific radon laws; and eleven states had cancer plan activities that aligned with existing state radon laws. Researchers think plans should prioritize tobacco control to address lung cancer, but should consider addressing radon through existing programs.

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