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Indiana Cancer Control Plan for 2020 Sets Reducing Radon Exposure as Objective

by Margaret Henderson

Indiana’s Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020, Action for Cancer Prevention and Control, includes radon prevention as a focus area. The plan was developed by the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) working with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), subject matter experts and contributors from various committees and partner organizations.

The Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020 identifies the policies, changes, and actions required to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana. The plan identifies objectives and ways to make an impact. The ICC has identified reducing radon exposure as one of the five objectives that support primary prevention. Measures and targets for 2020 included are as testing and mitigation goals:

· Number of homes tested: 17, 150

· Target: 25,109

· Percentage of Homes that Test ABOVE/EQUAL to 4.0 pCi/L that get Mitigation: 27.5%

· Target: 44.3%

(Data Sources: ISDH Environmental Public Health Division, 2015)

Ways to make an impact include policy and environmental changes, improving patient access to education, and providing training and professional development for health care professionals. Additional work in evaluating progress and outcomes though surveillance systems and data collection and use also is identified as a means to make changes in the health outcomes.

Implement Policy, Systems, And Environmental Changes addresses radon testing requirements, disclosures for home and apartment sales, requiring home lenders to require radon testing and mitigation, and requiring new homebuilders to use radon resistant techniques.

Improve Patient Access To Care, Education, And Programming addresses educating realtors about radon, increasing access to test kits, and conducting public awareness campaigns.

Support Provider Training And Professional Development addresses educating health care providers, including a radon inquiry in the healthy lifestyle questions being asked, including radon testing questions in inquiries made by lung and cancer personnel, and educating university health care programs about radon.

Evaluate Progress And Outcomes support use of surveillance systems that increase the use and quality of data.

To see the plan, visit:

http://indianacancer.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-2020-Cancer-Control-Plan-MAY-29-FINAL.pdf