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Do Granite Countertops Emit Radon? (And Other Radon FAQs)

Do Granite Countertops Emit Radon? (And Other Radon FAQs)
Author: Paul Hammerbeck for The Allstate Blog: Home Safety & Security, January 15, 2014.

Read the full online resource here: http://blog.allstate.com/radon-granite-countertops/

From the article:
People love their granite countertops, though some now consider them too commonplace and prefer newer choices like quartz or quartzite. But there’s another reason some segue from granite. They worry that it will emit radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones.

So, are granite countertops a real risk? Since January is Radon Action Month, this is a good time to learn all you can about potential risks of radon in granite, and elsewhere in your home.

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News Release: New data reveals all of Colorado at high risk for radon

New data reveals all of Colorado at high risk for radon

The attached document was released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on March 31, 2014. The news release begins by explaining that Colorado counties previously considered to be at moderate risk for radon exposure have been upgraded to high-risk, which means that all 64 Colorado counties are now categorized as being at high risk for radon.

Please see the attached document to read further.

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Understanding Lung Cancer: Information to Share with Partners and Clients

Lungevity.org's "About Lung Cancer" webpage provides valuable statistics and background information on lung cancer. The webpage also encourages readers to reduce their risk of lung cancer by reducing their exposure to various carcinogenic contaminants, including radon.

View this online resource here: events.lungevity.org/site/PageServer?pagename=v2_AboutLungCancer

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Misconceptions about Declining Lung Cancer Incidence in Ex-Smokers

Peto, J. (2011). That lung cancer incidence falls in ex-smokers: misconceptions 2. British Journal of Cancer, 104(3): 389.

Abstract
Misconceptions and ill-founded theories can arise in all areas of science. However, the apparent accessibility of many epidemiology findings and popular interest in the subject can lead to additional misunderstandings. The article below continues an occasional series of short editorials highlighting some current misinterpretations of epidemiological findings. Invited authors will be given wide scope in judging the prevalence of the misconception under discussion. We hope that this series will prove instructive to cancer researchers in other disciplines as well as to students of epidemiology.

U.S. EPA Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon (revised)

In September 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a revised version of its Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon.

The guide answers important questions about radon and lung cancer risk. It also answers questions about radon testing for anyone buying or selling a home.

View this resource online: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/hmbuygud.pdf

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Guidance on lung cancer screening for people with radon exposure history

Lung cancer screening for people with radon exposure history

Prepared by:
Bruce Snead et al.
Engineering Extension
Kansas State University

View online: http://sosradon.org/files/sosradon/webform/Lung%20Cancer%20Screening%20for%20people%20with%20radon%20exposure%20history.pdf

This resource provides guidance for radon professionals and others who assist those with questions about radon exposure and lung cancer screening.

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NIH study offers insight into why cancer incidence increases with age

The accumulation of age-associated changes in a biochemical process that helps control genes may be responsible for some of the increased risk of cancer seen in older people, according to a National Institutes of Health study.

Scientists have known for years that age is a leading risk factor for the development of many types of cancer, but why aging increases cancer risk remains unclear. Researchers suspect that DNA methylation, or the binding of chemical tags, called methyl groups, onto DNA, may be involved. Methyl groups activate or silence genes, by affecting interactions between DNA and the cell’s protein-making machinery.

National and Regional Surveys of Radon Concentration in Dwellings

National and Regional Surveys of Radon Concentration in Dwellings

Authored by: International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 2013.

View this resource online: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/IAEA-AQ-33_web.pdf

U.S. EPA's 2013 Radon Outreach Kit

In May, 2013, U.S. EPA released a Radon Outreach Kit with detailed instructions for getting the word out about the dangers of radon. This kit includes basic facts about radon, ideas for radon outreach activities and steps for planning them, communication tips, and other valuable resources.

View the 2013 Radon Outreach Kit online:
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/radon_outreach_kit.pdf

Visit www.epa.gov/radon for more information about radon health risk and what you and others can do to save lives from radon induced lung cancer.

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Home Energy Efficiency and Radon Related Risk of Lung Cancer: Modelling Study

Home energy efficiency and radon related risk of lung cancer: modelling study

Authored by:
Milner, J., Shrubsole, C., Das, P., Jones, B., Ridley, I., Chalabi, Z., Hamilton, I., Armstrong, B., Davies, M., and Wilkinson, P. (2014).

Read the full report here: http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.f7493#alternate

Abstract:

Objective To investigate the effect of reducing home ventilation as part of household energy efficiency measures on deaths from radon related lung cancer.

Design Modelling study.

Setting England.

Intervention Home energy efficiency interventions, motivated in part by targets for reducing greenhouse gases, which entail reduction in uncontrolled ventilation in keeping with good practice guidance.