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The 10 Commandments of Cancer Prevention

About one of every three Americans will develop some form of malignancy during his or her lifetime. This year alone, about 1,437,000 new cases will be diagnosed, and more than 565,000 people will die of the disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, and as deaths from heart disease decline, it's poised to assume the dubious distinction of becoming our leading killer.

You don't have to be an international scientist to understand how you can try to protect yourself and your family.

The 10 commandments of cancer prevention are:

What's New on RadonLeaders.org?

In this InFocus we update you on what’s happening in the radon community and on RadonLeaders.org.

Stakeholder Meetings: Connecting & Sharing Resources

There have been several radon stakeholder meetings this spring. We want to briefly update you on these meetings, and to share tools and resources that have come from them.

2009 National Radon Action Month Results Are In! Submit Your Feedback by May 4

2009 National Radon Action Month Results Are In! Submit Your Feedback by May 4

The results for the 2009 National Radon Action Month are now available! Provide feedback about your involvement in the 2009 National Radon Action Month by May 4!

In an effort to reduce the number of lives lost to radon-induced lung cancer, state programs, radon professionals, schools, and partner organizations across the country worked together in 2009 to raise radon awareness. You reported a total of 1,874 events and activities – nearly two times higher than the number of submissions in 2008; and compared with 2007, more than eleven times higher. Wow!

Citizen Asks - Is there any assistance (grants) available for mitigation?

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The following message was submitted by a concerned citizen to RadonLeaders.org. Please provide your thoughts and input.

I live in Ocala, Florida. I recently had the Marion County Health Department do radon testing in my home. Levels in the range of 50-70 pCi/L were detected. My home needs to be mitigated. I do not know if the government has any grants or other assistance to help me get a mitigation done. Can you provide any information, advice, guidance?

Thank you for your help!

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Citizen Asks - How can I know if my family is healthy?

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The following message was submitted by a concerned citizen to RadonLeaders.org. Please provide your thoughts and input.

Hello,

I'm having a VERY hard time getting my question answered by anyone. We have lived in our home for 10 years and just tested for Radon gas. Tests came back high: 10, 14 and 16.

Today, we are having a venting mitigation system installed.

Is there something we should do for each member of our family (5) to check for any short/long term effects that the Radon gas may have had on us over the past 10 years?

Our local physician says "no." But I am not convinced. Can you answer this question or give me someone (website, phone, etc.) that can help give me some peace of mind?

Thank you

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Radon & Earthquakes?

Prior to the recent earthquake in Italy, scientist Giampaolo Giuliani warned an earthquake might be imminent based on a spike in radon emissions readings. For more coverage on this story see the links below:
New York Times
CNN
NPR Science Friday

Question on Dust and Radon

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I need a refresher course in the mechanism of how radon gets into the lungs.

I just had a client ask "does the amount of dust in my home's indoor air influence the level of radioactive exposure to the lungs?" Knowing that radon attaches to dust particles, it would seem that the more dust present, the more radon-laced dust particles one would inhale. Is this a fair assessment?

I await your learned responses.

Thanks, Ginger

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Research: Radon-induced Lung Cancer Deaths and the Cost Effectiveness and Potential of Policies to Reduce Them

Research: Radon-induced Lung Cancer Deaths and the Cost Effectiveness and Potential of Policies to Reduce Them

Lung cancer deaths from indoor radon and the cost effectiveness and potential of policies to reduce them

Alastair Gray, professor of health economics, Simon Read, analyst and programmer, Paul McGale, statistician, Sarah Darby, professor of medical statistics

1 Health Economics Research Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, 2 Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Correspondence to: A Gray alastair.gray@dphpc.ox.ac.uk

Full Published Article: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/338/jan06_1/a3110

Objective
To determine the number of deaths from lung cancer related to radon in the home and to explore the cost effectiveness of alternative policies to control indoor radon and their potential to reduce lung cancer mortality.

Design
Cost effectiveness analysis.

EPA Radon Zone Map & State Radon Maps

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Friday, January 9th 2009. We will soon be forming a workgroup to look at the EPA Zone Map and the existing state radon maps. I expect that the workgroup will be comprised of representatives from the EPA HQ radon team, EPA regional staff, individual states, CRCPD, AARST and possibly others. I would like to keep the workgroup relatively small (e.g., 12-15 people) presuming that the representatives will commit to communicating effectively with those they represent and with the workgroup. The main purpose of the workgroup (at a minimum) will be to review the bases for the EPA and state maps, how they're currently used, and discuss how both might/should be used in the future.

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HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

The presentations from the 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference: Building a Framework for Healthy Housing are now available on line at www.hud.gov/offices/lead/NHHC/index.cfm.