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Fri February 15, 2013

Health experts recommend testing for radon in the cold winter months to prevent lung cancer

The Wyoming Department of Health is encouraging Wyomingites to test the concentration of radon in their homes this winter, because it’s the time of year that houses aren’t well-ventilated, and the cancer-causing gas is more likely to rise up to living areas. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon kills about 20,000 people per year. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with Dr. Wallace Akerley, director of thoracic oncology at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. She started by asking him what radon is, exactly.

BACKANNOUNCE: More information about radon and how to test levels in your home is available on the Wyoming Department of Health’s website.

http://www.health.wyo.gov/PHSD/radon/index.html

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