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Michigan Outreach Includes Information for Health Care Providers to Distribute

by Margaret Henderson

The State Indoor Radon Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, increases awareness of radon health risks through outreach and sharing of information. Its goal is to encourage testing and mitigation if levels found through testing are elevated.

Throughout the years, test results collected revealed that Michigan residents may be exposed to radon at levels that should be mitigated, above the 4 pCi/L USEPA recommended action level. In some counties, as many as 40-45% of the homes are anticipated to have elevated radon and statewide, approximately one in eight homes would be expected to have high levels.

Health data ranks Michigan above the national average of 58.3 per 100,000 people for lung and bronchus cancer incidence. The Michigan average is 63.4 per 100,000. With this incidence of lung disease, targeting the medical profession and enlisting their aid to address radon exposure was determined to be an appropriate outreach mechanism.

One publication created for distribution by the medical profession is the “Radon Card.” https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-tou-wmrpd-Radon_Card_611196_7.pdf

The card explains about exceeding the national average for lung disease and encourages “Talk to your doctor about how to protect you and your family.” It asks if radon testing has been done in the last two years and encourages testing and mitigation. The Indoor Radon Program website also presents a discussion of radon health risks, testing and mitigation.

For more information, contact:

800-RADONGAS (800-723-6642) radon@michigan.gov

https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3312_4120_4196---,00.html