Radon News

Radon: how dangerous is it?
Radon is still a risk in many homes, according to the American Lung Association, which recently distributed information on the South Coast offering free radon detection kits to local residents. Radon, a naturally occurring colorless, tasteless, and... [Read More]

January is National Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month, which means you should test your home for the colorless, odorless gas, which is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Kits are available from the National Safety Council at a discount or from your... [Read More]

Radiation Concerns Return
Radiation Concerns Return While Collections Grow and Glow by Robert Kyle Radiation, an almost forgotten remnant from the Cold War, has returned to public consciousness as a weapon of terrorism and in potential nuclear bomb development from other... [Read More]

Clean the Air Inside Your Home
The American Lung Association recently released a statement expressing the need for concern over indoor air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's own reports affirm that indoor air often contains 2-5 times (and sometimes more) the... [Read More]

Lung Cancer Claims Life of "Superman's" Widow
Dana Reeve died on Monday in New York at the age of 44 from lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in August. Reeve was a non-smoker. While it's not clear what caused her to get the disease, the American Lung Association says smoking or... [Read More]

RadonZone.com Announces Month Long Program to Contribute Money for Lung Cancer
Charles Pritt of RadonZone.com announced today that the company will contribute $3.00 to the American Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Fund for every order taken between March 15th and April 15th of this year. "In light of the unfortunate deaths of... [Read More]

Underestimated cancer risks related to radon exposure
A report recently released by the President's Cancer Panel focuses on underestimated cancer risks related to environmental contaminants and other harmful exposures, including radon. The report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do... [Read More]

US Senator To Introduce Bill Targeting Radon in Homes
St. Paul, MN Joined by public health advocates and homebuilder representatives, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced today Friday, April 30) that she will introduce federal legislation aimed at reducing exposure to cancer-causing radon gas in... [Read More]

WATCH: Radon on Dr. Oz Program
Dr. Oz told us today he tested his home for radon gas! Thank you Dr. Oz for helping to prevent future radon-induced lung cancer deaths by helping to spread the message that it is simple to test for radon and fix if the level are... [Read More]

National Radon Action Month
The EPA designated January as National Radon Action Month. If you're building a home, ask about radon-resistant building construction. If radon affects an existing home, there are ways to fix the problem, such as increasing under-floor ventilation... [Read More]

Radon is a silent killer
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the US. Most patients diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer do not live long because it is usually not diagnosed in the early stages. In an effort to raise awareness about the... [Read More]

Program to Identify Likely Victims of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit to Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy
After a story about radon-related lung cancer in Minnesota captured thousands of viewers, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring radon-resistant construction in all new homes. Similar legislation was passed in Illinois. However, this is... [Read More]

Your house can make you sick
CNN Money lists dangerous toxins that may be found in your home and how to remove them without spending too much money. One highly dangerous "toxin" is radon gas, which you can test for inexpensively. If you have granite countertops, it may... [Read More]

Frequently Asked Questions About Radon
This is a general summary of frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers concerning radon, issues surrounding radon in the air and water, and mitigation of radon exposure. ... [Read More]

Lung Cancer Prevention
Doctors cannot always explain why one person gets cancer and another doesn't. However, scientists have studied general patterns of cancer in the population to learn what things around us and what things we do in our lives may increase our chance of... [Read More]

Radon awareness still a challenge
The president's panel on cancer is focusing on environmental factors. Several presenters spoke on radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has largely slipped out of the public's... [Read More]

New Study Confirms Commonly Used Granite is Safe for Countertops
A new study of the most popular granites used for kitchen countertops in the United States concludes that granite is safe to use in kitchens. The study, designed to determine whether radon gas sometimes released by natural stone poses any health risk,... [Read More]

Dealing with the dangers of radon gas
Unsure about whether your home has high levels of radon? It's time to find out if your house is among the estimated 1 in 15 with dangerous levels of the cancer-causing radioactive gas. The federal government has begun a campaign to increase radon... [Read More]

American Lung Association Says Radon A Health Risk In Many Midwestern Homes
The American Lung Association Health House program is urging homeowners to start the New Year by having their homes tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil or well water. Long-term exposure to radon... [Read More]

Radon Causes 100 Times More Deaths than Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - EPA Launches National Radon Action Month
National Radon Action Month is quickly approaching. Updated press releases from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the Surgeon General will most likely be launched in January, but this is an early reminder to promote the upcoming... [Read More]

EPA, Geochemistry Researchers Affirm Granite's Safety
Some types of granite do emit radon gas, but studies have shown that the majority of stones tested generate either unmeasurable or insignificant emissions that are well below the levels requiring EPA-recommended remediation.... [Read More]

Cleaning Is First Step In Minimizing Hidden Home Threats
Orkin, Inc., a pest control company, has created a campaign to help educate individuals on how to protect themselves from threats in and around the home. One item included is conducting a home radon test. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless,... [Read More]

A Simple Radon Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer -- EPA Urges Builders to Use Radon-resistant Techniques for New Construction
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General's Office are stepping up the call to action to get homes tested for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that claims nearly 20,000 lives each year. Breathing indoor air... [Read More]

Novelist John Updike Latest Victim Of Lung Cancer
Novelist John Updike was a recent victim of lung cancer. 85 to 90 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. However, 15 percent occurs with non smokers. Other contributing causes are asbestos, radon, and other environmental... [Read More]

BuildClean's National Radon Action Month Message: Test, Test, Test Your Home for Indoor Radon Sources No Matter Where You Live in the U.S.
Not-for-profit organization BuildClean urges homeowners to test their homes for radon, which can come from the soil or possibly from some building... [Read More]

Plaintiffs Lawyers Have New Target: Radon-Emitting Granite Countertops
Plaintiffs lawyers are advertising on the Internet for clients whose granite countertops are emitting high levels of... [Read More]

Little Things Buyers Don't Ask For, But Should
When you're sitting right in the middle of a buyers market, or at least an equitable market (neither a buyer nor seller market), this is the time when buyers should start asking for the moon. If you don't ask, you'll never get what you... [Read More]

Radon test the only way to tell if your house has a problem with toxic gas
Despite the occasional public service announcement about radon gas, it's easy to ignore the hazard. That's because if you do happen to have high levels of it in your house, you won't be able to tell -- it's invisible, odorless and tasteless, but it's not... [Read More]

Alzheimers & Parkinsons -- Could the Cause be Radon?
In a study conducted at the University of North Dakota, researchers discovered that the presence of radioactive radon daughters in the brains of non-smoking persons with Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease was 10 times greater than it was in the brains of... [Read More]

2011 National Radon Poster Contest
2011 National Radon Poster Contest is sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contest Calendar * 2011 Contest opens March 1, 2010 and closes October 31, 2010 * Judging for national level entries will... [Read More]

Radon and cancer WHO 2009 Fact Sheet
Key facts * Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer in many countries. * Radon is estimated to cause between 3% and 14% of all lung cancers, depending on the average radon level in a country. * Radon is much more likely... [Read More]

Radon in Homes is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
It is well known that the main cause of lung cancer among smokers is their cigarettes, but unbeknownst to many is that this cancer develops in a large number of nonsmokers. The leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers is exposure to radon in the home.... [Read More]

Is that granite counter in your home emitting radon?
Fears about granite surfaces are largely unfounded, experts say, but a test can quell homeowners' worries. The best course of action is to test for radon in air, regardless of whether the home has granite... [Read More]

National Safety Council's Radon Awards Ceremony Honors Those Who Help Save Lives
The National Safety Council's Radon Awards Ceremony is being held on Jan 28, ,2009, at the National Press Club. It recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to reducing radon related deaths. Awards are presented for the winners... [Read More]

Program To Identify Likely Victims Of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit To Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy
More people today are at risk from exposure to radon than when the EPA's radon program began over twenty years ago. Some states have passed legislation after victims of radon-related lung cancer have come forward and obtained media attention.... [Read More]

MIA Launches 'Home Approved Stone' Program To Give Consumers Complete Reassurance That Granite Countertops Do Not Pose A Health Risk
The Marble Institute of America has introduced a national stone safety testing program called the Home Approved Stone program. Based on testing protocols developed by an independent parties in the scientific community, natural stone products that pass... [Read More]

New Comprehensive Scientific Review Shows Granite Countertops are Safe
The most comprehensive review of scientific data on radon emissions from granite countertops shows that contribution to indoor radon levels is well below EPA's guideline for action and even levels found in outdoor... [Read More]

Federal agencies start summit on healthy homes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using existing funds to develop a program, Indoor Air Package, that will give homes a seal of approval if they use certain building techniques to protect against radon, pests and... [Read More]

How important is variant gene as lung cancer cause?
Does a variant gene, common to half the people of European descent, cause lung cancer? Dr. Stephen Chanock, of the National Cancer Institute, said many variables lead to such diseases, and it is unrealistic to say that one gene can be pinpointed as... [Read More]

Polluted Water A Cause of Cancer
More and more communities are becoming concerned about potential links between cancer and chemicals found in their drinking water. Whether you drink municipal water or drink from a well, additives and contaminates linked to cancer probably exist in your... [Read More]

Clean the Air Inside Your Home
Safe food and clean drinking water are central to a healthy lifestyle. Taking into account that humans consume nearly 3,000 gallons of air each day, it's time for clean air to join these concerns at the forefront of our health considerations.... [Read More]

Alabama Student Wins National Radon Poster Contest
The National Safety Council's Radon Poster Contest, conducted in partnership with EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture, is intended to raise awareness of radon and the importance of testing homes and fixing elevated levels. Radon is a naturally... [Read More]

Alzheimer's & Parkinson's - Could the Cause be Radon?
In a study conducted at the University of North Dakota, researchers discovered that the presence of radioactive radon daughters in the brains of non-smoking persons with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease was 10 times greater than it was in the... [Read More]

Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. But while most Americans know tobacco smoke is the primary trigger for lung cancer, very few are aware of the risks posed by radon -- or that dangerous levels of the gas can be... [Read More]

American Lung Association: Radon a Health Risk in Many Midwestern Homes
The American Lung Association Health House program is urging homeowners to start the New Year by having their homes tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil or well water. Long-term exposure to... [Read More]

Radon problems can exist in any home
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a release in January urging consumers to be cautious about the danger of radon gas. While the home is a major source of exposure to the gas, the EPA reports that "only one in five homeowners has actually... [Read More]

Radon Testing: Inspect, Detect, and Correct
Radon is a radioactive gas that can be found in any home, new or old. This toxic gas comes from decomposed uranium in the soil, and since it always moves from the ground into the air above, it often leaks into houses through cracks in the foundation.... [Read More]

Active soil depressurization can correct most radon problems
The most common approach for radon abatement is active soil depressurization (ASD). ASD draws the soil gases (including radon) from the ground directly adjacent to the structure and diverts it away from the home. This is called "out... [Read More]

Bad air in there
W hen the weather outside is frightful, the conditions inside can be pretty scary, too. The health risks of polluted air inside our houses a year-round concern can be greater in the winter, health and environmental officials say. Pollutants build up... [Read More]

Female non-smokers suffer disproportionately
Female non-smokers suffer disproportionately By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY The death of Dana Reeve on Monday serves as a reminder of one of lung cancer's tragic truths. "If there was no smoking, there would still be lung cancer," says... [Read More]

State will test for radon this summer
California's health department will conduct screenings for the carcinogenic gas radon at the South Shore this summer, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the second leading cause of... [Read More]

Is your Granite Countertop Glow
Concerns regarding the safety of granite surfaces and the level of radon gas emitted has sparked a controversy by 90. However, the extensive use of granite in kitchen and bath caused renewed interest in this old issue. The New York Times recently... [Read More]

Radon Awareness Month - 10 "New" Reasons to Test Your Home For Radon
10 reasons (other than the fact that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers) to test your home for... [Read More]

Granite countertops: radon risk?
Some types of granite that are used for countertops can emit radon. However, it will vary depending on where the stone is from and what elements it is composed of. Most radon risk, however, derives from gas that is emitted from the soil and that can... [Read More]

Podcast: Spotlight on Radon
Episode # 3 of the Nontoxic Living Podcast puts the spotlight on RADON- what it is, how it affects your health, and how to eliminate or reduce your exposure to radon in your home. MP3 File Hosted by Randy and Kathy... [Read More]

Breathe Easy: Radon Mitigation at the PATH Concept House
When you think of life support, probably the first thing that comes to mind is air. Water might occur to you, and food, but since most of us carry enough fat around the waist line to last a few days, nutrition usually comes last. Nevertheless, when you... [Read More]

Annual CT Scan Detects Curable Lung Cancer
Annual screening for lung cancer with CT scan can identify lung cancers at an early curable stage, resulting in high 10-year survival rates, according to results of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). The I-ELCAP study... [Read More]

Radon Remediation
As airborne radon in buildings constitutes a major health risk worldwide, measures to reduce radon levels represent an important consideration for homes, schools, and workplaces. Simple ways to reduce radon substantially reduce associated health risks.... [Read More]

CT scans pick up early lung cancers
New research has shown that early screening with CT scans could significantly improve the survival rates from lung cancer. Tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer and 90 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Other causes include... [Read More]

Radon Gas: An Invisible Threat to Your Real-Estate Business
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the earth from the decay of radioactive uranium in the soil. However, radon exposure in a domestic setting is actually a dangerous threat to your health and your real-estate... [Read More]

Clearing the Air: How To Avoid Indoor Air Pollutants
When the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it's so tempting to curl up on the couch and avoid the nasty winter air. But after a few hours, you may feel the beginnings of a dull headache, perhaps a raspy throat or a stuffy... [Read More]

Lung Cancer
This article gives a general idea about the lungs, pollutants, lung cancer diagnosis, disease stages, and treatments for lung... [Read More]

Lung Cancer
This article gives a general idea about the lungs, pollutants, lung cancer diagnosis, disease stages, and treatments for lung... [Read More]

Its National Radon Action Month
We haven't even put away the holiday ornaments and here we are, already five days into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "National Radon Action Month." This observance is intended to encourage the public to test their homes... [Read More]