Health Canada wants people to test their homes for cancer-causing radon – CBC

Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, after smoking

Nov 23, 2022

Health Canada is encouraging people to test their homes for radon, an invisible, odourless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs when uranium in rock breaks down. Radon can be found in most homes in Canada, in small amounts.

But in higher concentrations, and over long-term exposure, it can lead to lung cancer.

“So in Canada, in non-smokers, it’s actually the number one leading cause of lung cancer,” said Phoebe Tung, a regional radiation specialist for Health Canada.

“Annually across the country, about 3,000 people in Canada die from radon-induced lung cancer.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/radon-testing-lung-cancer-1.6660296

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