#LCSM Chat Topic 11/20 (8 PM EST): Know Your Radon Risk
What action would you take to protect your family if you suspected a killer was in your home?
Radon gas is odorless, colorless, and classified as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization, US National Academy of Sciences, US Department of Health and Human Services, and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Approximately 21,000 Americans will die from radon-induced lung cancer this year. Indoor exposure to radon gas is the second greatest known risk factor for lung cancer. Radon exposure is a threat significant enough that nine federal agencies worked together to release the Federal Radon Action Plan in 2013.
The topic for our November 20 #LCSM Chat (8 PM EST) will focus on understanding what radon gas is, how to determine your risk, and how to reduce your risk at home. For this chat, we will be joined by some special guests:
- Dusty Donaldson (@dustywater) is a lung cancer survivor and founder of the Dusty Joy Foundation.
- Angel Price (@Angel4CanSAR) has over 20 years experience in the radon industry. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR).
- Shawn Price (@PriceRadon) has 25 years of experience in radon testing procedures, quality control, laboratory operations, education, and public policy advocacy. He is the President of American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST).
T1: What is radon gas? Why should we care about it?
T2: How can people determine if radon is a concern for them?
T3: How can people reduce indoor radon gas levels in their homes and businesses?
T4: How can we help more people learn about dangers of radon gas and how to reduce their risk?
- NCI Factsheet: Radon and Cancer
- Order a Radon Test Kit
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Citizens Guide to Radon
- Kansas State University comprehensive site about radon
- EPA Radon Map
Thanks to Dusty Donaldson of the Dusty Joy Foundation for help with researching information for this post.