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Thank You for Making NRAM 2010 a Great Success! Take a Few Minutes to Share YOUR Story!

Activity submissions for 2010 NRAM events have officially ended, bringing the 2010 National Radon Action Month to a close. Thank you for taking the time to share your events! More than 2,100 events were submitted, making 2010 the most active NRAM yet! A broader summary of 2010 NRAM activities will be available in the coming weeks.

While many users submitted their activities in the Media category, each of our categories included impactful activities submitted by the radon community. For more details about 2010 NRAM events that took place in your area or nationwide, please visit the Browse Current and Past Events page at www.radonleaders.org/nram/events.

Radon warnings required under bill (Oregon)

Legislation that will help reduce the risk of radon exposure for home buyers passed the Oregon Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 1025 moved to the House on a 24-6 vote. It requires both radon-resistant construction standards for new homes and public buildings in areas with higher radon levels and notification for all home buyers about the health risks associated with radon.

Awareness Of Potentially Deadly Radon Rising

Awareness Of Potentially Deadly Radon Rising

MILWAUKEE -- Radon gas is a deadly hazard found in thousands of homes across the area.

You may have heard about the risks and warnings of radon, but chances are, you've never seen the impact that radon can have and the danger it can pose to your family.

"The doctor came and put his hand on my shoulder and said, I have cancer," cancer patient Liz Hoffman said.

It was lung cancer, and for Hoffman, the first question was, "Why?"

"I've never smoked. (I was) not around second-hand smoke. (There's no) no reason for me to have lung cancer except for living in our home breathing radon," Hoffman said.

Hoffman had lived in her Milwaukee home for 15 years, and knew nothing about radon or how dangerous it could be.

"I asked my doctor if there is anything in my life that could have caused this and he said, no, nothing except for the elevated levels of radon in our home," Hoffman said.

Chicago Sun-Times Features CanSAR's Gloria Linnertz and the Illinois Radon Program

Chicago Sun-Times Features CanSAR's Gloria Linnertz and the Illinois Radon Program

Read the Chicago Sun-Times article.

For more information on CanSAR please visit www.CanSAR.org

Threat of pink slip motivated Carl Edmunds to start a small business

Playing It Safe With Radon Levels

Q: My wife says I should be concerned about radon in our house. What kind of test should we use, and how often?

A: Radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, enters a home through cracks in the foundation, holes or cavities around pipes, through floor drains or sump pump openings.

Breathing it in creates no immediate symptoms, but over time, it can cause lung cancer and will significantly increase the risk of lung cancer among smokers who are also exposed to radon. More than 20,000 people will die this year after breathing too much radon without knowing it.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers offers the following tips to protect from radon exposure.

•The only way to figure out if your home has high levels of radon is to perform a test. There are two types of tests: short- and long-term.

WHO urging public to have homes tested for radon

WHO urging public to have homes tested for radon

Central Kentucky’s karstlands have long been a healthy source of tourism dollars, but that same topography carries increased health risks from radon gas, the leading source of lung cancer for nonsmokers. Health experts now say that radon risk has been shown to be more serious than previously believed and are strongly recommending that property owners here test for it.

An estimated 14 percent of lung cancer cases are attributable to exposure to radon gas, according to new findings by the World Health Organization. In the U.S. alone, the Environmental Protection Agency says that 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year can be attributed to radon.

High levels of radon 'across Ireland'

There is no county in Ireland without a high level of radon gas, according to an update from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), issued today.

The organisation said that while counties in the west, southeast and south of the country are returning the highest rates of homes with high radon levels, every county is affected with the gas, which has been linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths a year.

Radon is a colourless, odourless and tasteless radioactive gas which is naturally produced in the ground from the uranium present in small quantities in all rocks and soils. When inhaled, particles are deposited in individual's airways and on the tissue of the lung. This results in a radiation dose that can cause lung cancer.

Blue Ridge Elementary School radon levels above those allowed by EPA

Blue Ridge Elementary School radon levels above those allowed by EPA
The carcinogenic gas was found in levels above those allowed by the US Environmental Protection Agency.


WALLA WALLA -- Blue Ridge Elementary School families were to be notified today that the facility has tested high for levels of radon, a carcinogen.

Blue Ridge staff members were notified Tuesday about the results, which show radon, a radioactive gas, present above the acceptable level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. The gas, a class A carcinogen, has been linked to lung cancer in people who are exposed to it over time.

Mark Higgins, district spokesman, said staff were notified of the air quality results Tuesday, and that Blue Ridge parents and the general public were to be notified Wednesday. But at least one news source reported on the radon detection late Tuesday.

Lung Cancer in ‘Never-Smokers’: A Unique Entity

ABSTRACT
Lung cancer in “never-smokers” constitutes only a small proportion of patients with lung cancer. Nevertheless, the topic has recently attracted a good deal of attention. Initially this was due to the fact that never-smokers with lung cancer had better outcomes with epidermal growth factor receptor–tyrosine kinase (EGFR-TK) inhibitors, compared to tobacco smokers with lung cancer. More recently the identification of molecular changes unique to lung cancer in never-smokers has generated further interest in this disease. These findings have the potential to enhance our knowledge of lung cancer biology and lead to the development of new, more effective treatments for lung cancer. In this review, we summarize the existing body of knowledge on lung cancer in never-smokers.

The full article is available here.