Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible gas that decays into radioactive particles and increases the risk of lung cancer for those living with radon trapped inside their homes. You can’t see, smell, or taste it, but it can be present at dangerous levels in homes and buildings.
In Colorado, about 50% of homes have unhealthy radon levels.
- The average radon level in a home in Colorado is 6.4 pCi/L; that’s equivalent to each person in the home smoking 150 packs of cigarettes a year.
- This compares with only 6% of homes having unhealthy radon levels across the rest of the country.
- Lung cancer in the U.S. kills more people than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined!
- Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers.
- It claims the lives of an estimated 21,000 Americans each year making it one of the top 10 causes of cancer mortality in the United States and it causes as many as 500 lung cancer deaths every year in Colorado.
Join us for an educational webcast January 15, 2021 at noon MST presented by Dr. R. William Field, Professor of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Dr. Field is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on radon, not only for his research into the radioactive gas, but because of his advocacy and outreach efforts. He is the author of Reducing the Risk from Radon: Information and Interventions A Guide for Health Care Providers.
January 15, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm MT