The California Department of Public Health will offer Kings County residents free radon testing kits in an effort to prevent lung cancer.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that develops naturally. After cigarette smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Participants will place the test in their home for a few days, then send it back for analysis. The test does not interfere with normal household activities.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the leading cause among nonsmokers. Even though several states have specific radon policies, almost half of cancer coalitions may not be aware of radon as a public health concern, according to recent research by the CDC.
Researchers reviewed 65 cancer plans created from 2005 through 2011 by for terms like “radon,” “lung,” or “radiation.” Plan activities were categorized as home testing, remediation, radon awareness, supporting radon policy activities, or policy evaluation.