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RADON: Corralling a silent killer

October 18, 2011
The Mining Journal

Radon gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and potentially lethal. The Surgeon General has declared this week Radon Awareness Week to bring attention to the dangers of radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America. Radon exposure has no noticeable side effects, such as headaches, but it is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. High levels of the radioactive gas, which is a Class A carcinogen, may be present in one out of 15 homes in the United States. Many health departments, including the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, provide do-it-yourself radon test kits, which include a test device, postage to mail it to a lab and fees for having results analyzed and a report sent back. Test devices may also be obtained from some hardware stores and home improvement centers. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo)

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