Radon in the News
DETROIT, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is introducing the Environmental Cancer Program to physicians statewide July 1.
The program trains primary care physicians to accurately identify and diagnose cancers and other serious illnesses resulting from exposure to arsenic, radon and asbestos, three of the state's most frequently encountered carcinogens.
Michael Harbut, M.D., MPH, FCCP, of Karmanos is director and author of the program. Dr. Harbut is an occupational and environmental medical expert.
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The University of Nottingham spin-out company, Oncimmune Ltd, has developed a ground breaking blood test which will aid the detection of cancer as much as five years earlier than current testing methods such as mammography and CT scans. Physicians will know the result of their patient’s test within one week of sending in a blood sample to Oncimmune.
The first early cancer detection test (EarlyCDT™) to launch will be the test for lung cancer (EarlyCDT-Lung) which has the potential to detect the early stages of lung cancer possibly up to five years before a tumor appears. The target population for this test are high-risk individuals such as long-term smokers and ex-smokers between the ages of 40 and 75. Additionally the test would be appropriate for people who have been exposed to other risk factors associated with the disease, for instance, environmental exposures such as radon, asbestos and extensive exposure to secondary smoke.
Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas
Benjamin Wolfgang and his sister, Sage, are thrilled to play in their basement again. And their mother, Dawn, is breathing easier knowing that Rutgers helped install a system to remove radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer – from their home.
“As soon as the workers left, both our children ran downstairs and danced around their former playroom singing, ‘They fixed the poison gas! They fixed the poison gas!’’’ Dawn Wolfgang said. “I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.’’
As part of a three-year project, the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers has helped install mitigation systems to protect low-income families from radon, a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Click the link below to read the inspirational story of activist Linda D’Agostino from the latest issue of Radon Reporter, published by AARST. Learn how Linda and others helped plan very successful media outreach in Pennsylvania.
You can access a transcript from this page by clicking the “read” button or listen to story by clicking the “listen” button.
Experts disagree on how worried people should be about exposure
After Kate Canada had her first child three years ago, phthalates was the chemical that health-conscious moms like her went out of their way to avoid. So she tossed the plastic toys and replaced them with wooden ones.
When she had a second daughter this year, BPA became the substance to fear. So she bought new baby bottles and got vigilant about stocking her pantry with all things BPA-free.
Then, a few weeks ago, she heard about an annual report from the President's Cancer Panel that, for the first time, painted a dire picture about potential cancer risks from a legion of environmental hazards. At that point, she threw up her hands.
"Parents shouldn't have to be chemists and shouldn't have to worry about every little thing," said Canada, 34, of Rodgers Forge. "It just seems to be never-ending. It's like, what's next?"
Household and workplace chemicals might contribute to a larger percentage of cancer deaths than previously thought, according to a presidential panel.
The air is now clear at two East Boulevard condo buildings after a more than $1 million fix to deal with high levels of radon.