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Colorado Cancer Plan for 2020 Targets Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Colorado Cancer Control Plan 2016 – 2020, Roadmap to Reducing the Burden of Cancer in Colorado targets radon in its section on environmental exposures that lead to cancer. The Plan, a product of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Cancer Coalition, which includes numerous contributors, sets strategies, objectives and measures for the state for 2020.

The CDHPE has an active program to support radon reduction. The Program has studied Behavioral Risk Factors for Radon and notes that 42.0 percent of adults have tested their home for radon (2012). Findings were that while 72 percent of Coloradans were aware of the dangers of radon, only 42 percent have

tested their homes.

Radon is incorporated into the Cancer Plan under the section “Decrease Environmental Exposure that Leads to Cancer” and Radon is identified as the Silent Killer in Colorado. Radon is addressed in Section Objective 4.1: Increase knowledge and community infrastructure to decrease exposure to radon.

Measures for the radon plan are categorized as:

· Adults who know about radon (baseline 72%) – 2020 target 80%

· Adults who test their home for radon (baseline 42%) – 2020 target 50%

· Cities and counties with local building codes for radon-resistant features in new construction (baseline 26) – 2020 target 30

Strategies to achieve these targets include:

· Educate the Colorado public, homeowners, building owners, sellers, Realtors and policymakers about radon and its risk for lung cancer.

· Educate builders, code officials, city councils and county commissioners on radon facts, health effects and implementation of radon-resistant features in new construction.

· Promote environmental equity through radon testing and mitigation programs and outreach efforts directed at minority or indigent populations.

· Engage and educate Realtors, homebuyers and sellers on the importance of radon testing and information disclosure during real estate transactions.

To read the plan, see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DC_cancer_Colorado-Cancer-Plan-2016-2020.pdf

For more information about radon in Colorado:

24-hour Radon Hotline at 1-800-846-3986

Chrystine Kelley
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Radon Program Manager
P 303.692.3442 I F 303.691.7841
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South. Denver, CO 80246-1530
chrys.kelley@state.co.us