Have You Tested Your Home for Radon? | American Lung Association

Have You Tested Your Home for Radon?

(December 18, 2014) -

Portland- Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States in both men and women, causing more deaths each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, more than two-thirds of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers. This January, during Radon Awareness Month, it is important to remember the second-leading cause of lung cancer - radon.

This lesser-known carcinogen is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. You cannot see, taste or smell radon, but an elevated level could be affecting the health of you and your family.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil and water and comes from the natural decay of uranium. It can be found in all types of homes throughout Oregon. All homes are at risk, whether they are new or old, well-insulated or drafty, and with or without a basement. The only way to know if you have radon is to test your home. Testing your home is simple, inexpensive and only takes a couple of minutes.

The American Lung Association in Oregon offers short-term radon test kits for $15, which includes shipping and lab analysis. The short-term test kits test for 3-7 days and allow for a quick snapshot of radon concentration in your home. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local hardware stores or radon testing companies, though prices will vary.

Protect your family from an increased risk of lung cancer today by testing your home for radon. For more information about radon or to order a radon test kit, go to www.radonkit.org or call Tiffany Belser at 503-718-6141.

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