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Experts Q&A on RADON.
Experts Q&A on RADON.
Do you have questions about radon? Listen in and hear how our experts answered them directly. Our experts include a medical professional, a radon researcher, a certified radon mitigation professional, and the manager of Radon Education and Awareness for Health Canada.
November is Radon Action Month!
What is radon? Radon is a soil gas that can be found in elevated levels in certain homes. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, surpassed only by smoking. It’s important that all Canadians test their homes for radon, and take action to reduce their radon level if required.
Why November? Health Canada suggests measuring radon for a minimum of three months’ time, preferably during the heating season. This makes November the perfect time to order a radon test kit, and start measuring the level in your home.
Click here to purchase a radon test kit online.
Click here to learn more about radon.
Click here to learn more about reducing radon in your home.
- Pierre Dubois – shares his story of learning how radon was connected to his lung cancer diagnosis
- Jill Hubick, a nurse with the Saskatchewan Lung Association, talks about lung cancer and its health impact
- Colin Dumais, radon mitigation professional with Radonwest – talks about how he reduces radon levels in homes and buildings
- Kelley Bush manages Health Canada Radon Education and Awareness program, and talks about the government response at the national level and the development of the radon action program
Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol, epidemiologist with SFU/CAREX
Why? … Because when you test your home for radon, you’re investing in your future. Whether that future is the travel plans you’ve made for retirement, being present to play with your grand-kids, or all the milestones along the way. When you test your home for radon, you’re planning to avoid the entirely preventable lung cancer that’s caused by radon exposure.
Unlike other household dangers like carbon monoxide, radon doesn’t affect our health right away. Due to the long latency period of lung cancer, the health effects from long-term exposure to high radon levels are only likely to be felt years down the road.
So this November, think about it: ”Why do you Plan to be Here?”.
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Share on social media to spread the word about preventing radon-related lung cancer and why you #PlanToBeHere for your future.
Are you a radon stakeholder and want some resources for this year’s campaign? Find resources here.