It's easy to pretend that radon doesn't exist because we can't see it, taste it or smell it. To many homeowners, it's "something that other people have to worry about," and they think, "How bad can it really be?"
Well, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Web site, radon exposure is second only to smoking for causing lung cancer. And because it's a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the result of uranium decay found in nearly all soils, trapping it in confined spaces can be detrimental to the inhabitants.
The gas moves through the ground and into the air. Most often, radon penetrates a home through cracks in walls and solid floors and other holes in the foundation, such as gaps around service pipes. It doesn't matter if a house is old or new, drafty or sealed. The gas gets trapped, and if the levels are concentrated enough, it can pose a health risk.
Marshall Loeb, former editor of the magazines Fortune and Money writes a Daily Money Tip feature for Dow Jones MarketWatch. On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Mr. Loeb's tip was to test for radon. Read the full article here.
EPA's Radon Video Contest ran from July 11 - August 25. Entrants were asked to create a video with the theme "Radon: Test, Fix, Save a Life". Over 30 entries were received. We will announce the winner on September 15 at the 2008 National Radon Training Meeting/International Radon Symposium. To see the submissions, visit http://www.youtube.com/group/RadonContest.
The Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign does recognize that there is radon emanated from granite counter tops, but there is not enough released to add any significant amount to your indoor air. We suggest you read the EPA FAQ about radon and radiation from granite counter tops.
For further questions contact your state radon program.
ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) – Radon is all around in homes, schools and businesses. The gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless and can become a silent killer.
Emerson Brooking spent most of his life growing up in his family's north Georgia home, which was riddled with radon.
"I'm much more at risk for cancer now because of this odorless, colorless gas," said Brooking.
Brooking's father blamed himself for his son's exposure to the dangerous gas.
"I definitely didn’t intend to gas my whole family with radioactive gas," said the elder Brooking.
"The fact of the matter is a great many homes in north Georgia have elevated radon levels," said radon expert Terry Howell.
Lung cancer remains the number one killer for both men and women in the United States, claiming an estimated 160,000 lives this year. The vast majority of cases occur in smokers or former smokers, but around 20,000 non-smokers also succumb to this devastating disease. Recently, some studies have indicated that lung cancer in non-smokers is increasing, and that women are more susceptible to it than men.
However, a new study from an international team of researchers found the opposite: that men have a higher death rate from lung cancer across all age groups and all ethnic groups examined. Scientists combined information from 13 studies and 22 cancer registries in 10 countries in their analysis. They found no evidence that lung cancer rates are on the rise among non-smokers.
Researchers continue to search for causes of lung cancer among this otherwise low risk group - thus far studies implicate asbestos, radon, radiation treatments, and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.
Drooling Stars Have a Serious Message About RadonThe toughest thing about filming a recent video about radon — for Douglas County Health Department officials, at least — was dealing with the ad's high-maintenance stars. Many wouldn't sit still. Others drooled on the set. Don't blame the actors, though. They were, after all, dogs.
Nine Midlands pooches made their screen debuts in the public service announcement, which officials submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of an EPA online video contest to promote radon awareness.
The one-minute Douglas County video, called "Subterranean Radon Blues," is a take on the music and lyrics of the Bob Dylan classic "Subterranean Homesick Blues." In it, the dogs — not Dylan — flip through cue cards with the help of puppet puppy paws.
American Lung Association Releases Report on Lung Cancer in African Americans: Calls for Eliminating Health Disparities
WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association today released its report, Too Many Cases, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans, a compilation of research examining lung cancer among African Americans and the need to eliminate this and other health disparities. The report, which includes a preface by William J. Hicks, M.D., provides important information on the possible biological, environmental, political and cultural factors that make African Americans more likely to get lung cancer and more likely to die from it.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the nation. It has been the leading cause of cancer death among men since the early 1950s, and in 1987 it surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. African Americans, however, suffer from lung cancer more than any other population group in the United States. Key facts regarding this disparity include the following: