Radio Smart Talk: Radon can be a silent killer; Local program encourages parents to get more involved
Transforming Health | 01.14.13
Some 20,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer related to exposure to radon gas.
Some 20,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer related to exposure to radon gas according to the American Cancer Society. It is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. However, radon is a danger we don't hear about too often. Maybe it's because there are so many other health threats we face every day or that radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas we can't see.
The Department of Environmental Protection esimates that almost half of Pennsylvania homes are affected by radon. Click here for a map.
As a result, DEP is encouraging homeowners to get their homes tested for radon and if levels are above recommendations, take steps to fix the problem.
This episode of Radio Smart Talk focuses on radon -- what it is, how to test for it and what to do if radon levels are too high.
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Guests include Robert Lewis, Program Manager of the Bureau of Radiation Protection with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.
Also, Patricia Robinson is a substitute teacher at Central Dauphin High School, who started a program to promote responsibility for young women and encourage parents to get involved in their children's lives. She describes the EPIC program.
Kevin Stewart, with the American Lung Association of Mid-Atlantic, talks about the dangers of radon.
Robert Lewis, with the state Department of Environmental Protection, discusses how often homeowners should test for radon.
Patricia Robinson talks about the EPIC program and how to get parents more involved in their children's education.