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North Carolina Radon Program Provides References for the Medical Profession

by Margaret Henderson

The North Carolina Radon Program offers information for the medical profession through its website and with referrals to the Online Continuing Education Credit Courses in Radon, provided by the Southern Illinois University Medical School.

The information provided by the North Carolina Radon Program includes a discussion of radon and risk, and historical information related to miners and lung disease linked to radon. Reference is given to BEIR IV, Health Risks of Radon and Other Internally Deposited Alpha-Emitters, National Academy Press, 1988. The document includes studies about study of miners in:
• Colorado Plateau Study
• Czechoslovakian Uranium Miners
• Ontario Uranium Miner’s Study
• Eldorado Uranium Miner’s Study
• French Uranium Miner’s Study

References also include medical journal articles:
• Lung Cancer in Never Smokers: A Call to Action http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/15/18/5622.abstract
• Cancer statistics, 2012 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.20138/abstract

The Radon Program also provides links to Online Continuing Education Credit Courses, of the Southern Illinois University Medical School. These modules are intended for physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, respiratory therapists and radon technicians. Some of the objectives of the training include the ability to:
• Identify radon occurrence
• Explain radon health effects
• Summarize radon epidemiology
• Find partners for educational efforts
• Add questions to patient’s social history
• Explain why radon is a threat to a safe housing environment
• Discuss what a provider can do in a health care encounter to address radon risks
• Describe the basic epidemiology of lung cancer
• Explain the mechanism of exposure to radon gas
• Discuss the basic biologic issues and possible biases related to lung cancer screening

Contact for more information:
North Carolina Radiation Protection Section
Radon Program
(828) 712-0972
phillip.gibson@dhds.nc.gov
http://www.ncradon.org/Medical.html