There is no longer debate about radon being a lung carcinogen in humans. All major national and international organizations that have examined the health risks of radon agree that it is a lung carcinogen. The scientific community continues to conduct research to refine our understanding of the precise number of deaths attributable to radon. It is estimated that radon causes about 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually.
Once again the CSU Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office is encouraging Northwest Colorado residents to test their homes for radon and mitigate if high levels are found. In partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety, a radon education grant has been awarded to Moffat County to offset the cost of testing and provide free public programs. Both short (4-7 day) and long-term (90 day) test kits are available at the Extension Office at 539 Barclay St. in Craig.
The EPA and organizations nationwide dedicate January as National Radon Action Month to encourage the public to test their homes for radon and get radon problems fixed. Did you know:
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer
- Nearly one in 15 homes in the U.S. has a high level of indoor radon
- The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend all homes be tested for radon
- Homes with high radon levels can be fixed