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2011-01-06 14:17:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) issued notice today that January 2011 is National Radon Action Month and advised especially those living in areas of high concentration to have their homes tested. Radon has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the President's Cancer Panel and the World Health Organization as the second leading cause of lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance President & CEO, Laurie Fenton-Ambrose...

2011-01-04 11:16:00

BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- January is Radon Action Month, and the American Lung Association in North Dakota is advising homeowners to test their homes for the naturally occurring radioactive gas linked to lung cancer. Because of the state's geography, virtually all homes in North Dakota have a higher than average risk of trapping the invisible, odorless gas inside, where long-term exposure can cause lung cancer. In fact, exposure to radon is the second largest...

2010-12-31 05:30:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 31, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- "National Radon Action Month has been declared for January, 2011," according to Jeffery Finken of Accredited Radon Mitigation. Government agencies are teaming up with environmental and health organizations throughout North America to promote this very worthwhile cause. One in 15 homes across the U.S. has elevated radon levels. With as many as 21,000 deaths each year, radon exposure is second only to smoking in causing lung cancer deaths in the...

2010-10-15 09:30:00

DENVER, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The week of Oct. 17 - 24 is National Radon Awareness Week. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer reports the Centers for Disease Control. Health agencies throughout the United States are urging Americans to test their homes for this deadly gas during National Radon Awareness Week. This year, the week of October 17th through 24th has been designated as the week to take action and test your home for radon gas according to Air Quality Control...

2010-10-04 15:07:00

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- "The week of October 17 - October 24, 2010 is National Radon Awareness week," according to Jamey Gelina, President Air Quality Control Agency, North America's largest radon mitigation company. The Certified Environmental Specialist goes on to explain that "Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas formed from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water." In outdoor air, radon is diluted to very low concentrations and isn't...

2010-01-12 23:01:00

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. According to recent reports from the World Health Organization, radon gas is responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths in the U.S. and 100,000 deaths worldwide each year. This equates to about 15% of all lung cancer deaths. Statistically, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers. Learn more about radon...

2009-11-30 13:42:53

Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that is produced by the radioactive decay of radium. Radium is a product of uranium decay and is found in trace amounts naturally in nearly all rocks, soils, and groundwater as well as building materials, plants, animals, and the human body. Radon concentration is expressed as the amount of radiation that would be emitted by radon and its decay products in a liter of air; thus the units are picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The American Cancer...

2009-09-28 23:01:00

DENVER, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization announced that they have established a new limit for indoor radon gas. The new maximum radon level is 2.7. This is a 32% reduction from the previously accepted "action level" of 4.0. http://www.mitigationsystem.com/releases/release/7166404/19723.htm This new limit was prompted by a recent compilation of studies submitted by scientists throughout the World which conclusively point to radon as the second leading cause of lung...

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2009-09-23 06:20:00

In light of the fact that naturally occurring radioactive gas is responsible for up to 14 percent of lung cancer cases, The World Health Organization has made significant cuts in the safety limits of radon to one-tenth of its current level. "In view of the latest scientific data, WHO proposes a reference level of 100 becquerels per metric cube to minimize health hazards due to indoor radon exposure," said the UN health agency in a report published this week. "However, if this level cannot be...

2009-09-21 10:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In simultaneous releases published around across the globe today, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for stronger action against indoor radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among U.S. and Canadian non-smokers. The central WHO recommendation is to lower radon gas levels by one-third below the current U.S. guidance. The lower WHO action level doubles the number of U.S. homes needing radon control systems from 8 million to 15 million....