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Radon Testing ~ [Issue 0105-3]  Wellness Weekly
 Jan 17, 2005 09:06 PST 


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging
Americans to test their homes for radon, a radioactive, invisible,
odorless gas linked to lung disease. Researchers say that January is
a good month for such testing because families spend more time
indoors during the winter months. Exposure to radon is the second
leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The EPA estimates
some 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are related to the gas.
Radon comes from the decay of naturally occurring uranium in the
earth's soil and can accumulate indoors to dangerous levels. The EPA
recommends houses with radon levels of 4 picocuries or more be fixed
to prevent further accumulation of the gas. For information about a
discounted radon home test kit, contact your state radon office,
visit http://www.epa.gov/radon, or call (800) SOS-Radon.
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