EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month, a time when state radon programs and other partners conduct special radon outreach activities and events across the country. The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.
Learn more about the
national effort to take action against radon.
Radon: The Hazard with a Simple Solution
Radon is a cancer-causing natural
radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home
can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung
cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually.
how you can protect your family.
Heed The Warning: EPA's New Media Campaign
EPA has released a new Public
Service media campaign for radon. The campaign features the U.S. Surgeon
General's warning that radon causes lung cancer and that you should test your
home. These TV, radio and print PSA materials are available in English and
Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer
In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike
Lung cancer kills thousands of
Americans every year. The untimely deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeve have
raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have
never smoked. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of
lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of
the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15
percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon
demographic factors. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is
especially true for radon.