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California Provides Health Care Community with Resources About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The California Department of Public Health Indoor Radon Program provides information for health care providers about radon. Resources recommended by the Program are to aid physicians and other health care providers in encouraging patients to test for radon in their homes and to communicate with their patients about the risks radon may pose when levels are elevated (exceeding 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level). In California, radon has been detected in every county. The Department refers the public to radon potential maps and tables of test results by zip code to inform residents about the known presence of radon and encourages testing all homes.

The Radon Program directs health care providers to a several resources to further encourage testing and understanding of radon risks. One such reference is to the Breathing Easier - Iowa Cancer Consortium, that provides videos, flyers, scientific information and other public information are provided tailors to the medical community.

Another reference provided is to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. This reference provides information about radon toxicity and case studies in environmental medicine.

A brochure from the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest on radon health risk gives definitive information on the physical and biochemical processes associated with radon.

Another reference is to A Physician's Guide to Radon, published by the USEPA is given as a reference about informing the public about the serious health risks of radon.

For more information, contact:
Indoor Radon Program