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It's Time to Get Serious About Harmful Radon Exposure

Radon, a naturally-occurring invisible gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Twenty-one thousand Americans die from radon-induced lung cancer each year. You can't see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The good news is that radon exposure is preventable. The American Lung Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are committed to fighting radon. Now, we're enlisting others to help take the fight to a whole new level -- because no one should have to suffer from preventable radon-caused cancer.

WFMZ-TV and Allentown, PA Host Radon Television Series

WFMZ-TV and Allentown, PA Host Radon Television Series

With the help of WFMZ-TV 69 in Allentown, PA and various partners including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Lung Association (ALA), the medical community, radon industry and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection, Radon Division (PA DEP/BRP), held a very successful three-part TV series and phone bank took place surrounding the effects of radon. The featured series were titled “Radon Mitigation Explained,” “Radon’s Effect on the Body,” and “Radon: A Cancer Causing Gas”.

ALAPA Partners Offering Free Radon Test Kits

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania (ALAPA) has introduced a new program to help people protect their health from lung-cancer-causing radon gas. The lung health agency identified three regions of the Commonwealth with generally lower testing rates and generally higher likelihood of high radon levels. ALAPA today unveiled its plan to promote radon testing among residents in the first region, lying mainly in the northeastern quadrant of the state.

In the first year of an envisioned three-year program, ALAPA will conduct outreach in nine counties, including Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Lycoming.

In addition to their nationally recognized smoking cessation and asthma education programs, the American Lung Association announced today that they would be providing free radon test kits to the public through the following three main activities:

American Lung Association in Pa. Offers Free Radon Test Kits Online

ALA-PA Partners with Department of Environmental Protection to provide the program.

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania announced this week that it is providing free radon test kits to the public on its website.

The ALA-PA said one test kit per Pennsylvania household may be requested, and that those asking for kits should be residents who don't have a previous test result for their homes. The offer is valid while supplies last, according to a release.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and it is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking.

Students Create Radon Awareness Videos

Students in Chatham, IL are putting their creativity to the test.

Glenwood High School students are competing in a radon awareness contest. They submitted five videos to the American Lung Association. It's to show the public about health hazards associated with radioactive gas.

Students used everything from digital editing systems to green screens to create their projects. Glenwood High School offers its students a comprehensive broadcasting program. One that has grown in recent years.

"Even when I started here sophomore year we didn't have near this much equipment. We had four computers to edit on now we have like 20 or so to use. It's really nice cause I'm looking to go into this field and so any experience I can get before entering college is really helpful," say senior Scott Vennell.

Officials start video contest on radon hazards

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State officials have launched a video contest encouraging high school students to talk about the hazards of radon.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency launched the "2010 Illinois High School Radon Video Contest" this week.

To enter, students must submit one-minute YouTube videos about the radioactive gas that contributes to more than 1,000 lung cancer deaths in Illinois each year.

IEMA director Andrew Valasquez says the contest is a creative way for reaching more people with that message.

The winner's school will get a $2,000 prize to be used for extracurricular activities and the winning student will get $1,000. January is Radon Action Month.

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