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Students Invited to Make Radon Posters

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites Nevada students to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the Nevada Radon Poster Contest.

The contest is open to all children ages 9 to 14 years old enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools. Children can also enter through a sponsoring group, such as art, computer, library, reading, science, scouting, youth or 4-H clubs.

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the decay of uranium. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. This type of lung cancer risk is preventable, and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test for it.

New Video Urges Physicians to Learn About, Relay Radon Risks

New Video Urges Physicians to Learn About, Relay Radon Risks

The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Cancer Consortium (ICC) today announced the release of a new video intended to educate physicians on the dangers of radon and the link between the radioactive gas and lung cancer.

The video, Breathing Easier, is available at www.breathingeasier.info and asks physicians the simple question: “Do you know about radon?” Radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States. It is the number one cause of lung cancer among individuals who have never smoked, the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.