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Grand Forks receives grant for radon education in schools

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund is supporting health care officials, educators and community leaders in Grand Forks who will work to address the risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer by creating an education program for children.

The goal is to raise awareness of the cancer-causing gas so more people will test for it and mitigate the problem if levels are too high, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences professor Gary Schwartz said.

"Radon is really an invisible but very real health hazard for North Dakotans, and a lot of people don't know anything about it," he said.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by decaying uranium in the earth. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., according to the according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Radon: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

The 2014 monthly lecture series from UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center begins January 28 with a presentation on the dangers of radon. Eric Matus of the Nevada Radiation Control Program will lead a public lecture titled “Radon: What you don’t know could hurt you” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that naturally emanates from rocks, soil and water. Radon can accumulate in a home and can cause serious health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 people in the United States die from radon-induced lung cancer each year—more than those who die from drunk driving, falls in the home, or secondhand smoke.

Eric Matus will present an overview of radon, where radon originates, where it’s found, what it can do to you, how to test for it and what to do if your home has a radon problem. Free test kits will be offered to Nevada residents.