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Facts for Medical Professionals

Radon and Indoor Air Program

Lung cancer's very high associated mortality rate is even more tragic because a significant portion of lung cancer is preventable. While smoking remains the number one cause of lung cancer, radon presents a significant second risk factor. That is why, in addition to encouraging patients to stop smoking, it is important for physicians to inquire about and encourage patients to test for radon levels in their homes. One way to do this is for physicians to join those health care professionals and organizations who have begun to include questions about the radon level in patients' homes on standardized patient history forms.

Because the public views physicians as advisors on health and prevention of disease, physicians are in a unique position to play a vital role in informing the public about the common and serious risk of radon, and in educating their patients in testing procedures and remediation methods for correcting elevated indoor radon levels, thereby helping to reduce the number of lung cancer deaths.

Resources

National Cancer Institute - Radon and Cancer
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/radon/radon-fact-sheet

American Cancer Society - Radon Information
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/pollution/radon

Health Physics Society - Perspective on Radon
http://hps.org/documents/radon_position_statement.pdf

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - Radon Case Study
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=8&po=0