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SIRG Projects: Inclusion of Radon in State Cancer Plans

With support coming through the USEPA SIRG program, states have worked to have radon included in state cancer plans. During the funding year 2019, several states achieved success in this area. EPA reports that Grantees continue to leverage opportunities to update cancer control plans, resulting in 85% (40 out of 47) of state cancer control plans addressing radon. Similar to the previous reporting cycle, nearly 62% (29 out of 47) of state cancer control plans include specific objectives and/or strategies aimed at reducing radon risk.

Some examples of success come from the Utah Cancer Control Program, the Alabama Cancer Control Plan, and the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Radon Workgroup.

The Utah Cancer Control Program workgroup have accomplished activities and goals set in the state Cancer Control Plan. Utah identified radon as one of its top collaboration priorities in the state’s Cancer Control Plan, including several strategies specifically related to radon for a statewide surveillance program, educating residents about radon and increasing testing and subsequent mitigation of high radon levels.

The Alabama Cancer Control Plan for 2016 – 2021 lists smoking, secondhand smoke, radon and asbestos as major risk factors for lung cancer. Increasing knowledge of radon cancer risk through public awareness campaigns and promoting radon testing in high-risk counties are topics included.

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance Radon Workgroup completed a project to demonstrate the feasibility of identifying and mitigating homes of low-income residents, including cancer survivors. In a pilot project, eight mitigation systems were installed for low-income residents.

For more information, see Overview of EPA’s State Indoor Radon Grants: 2019 Activities