Resources for Medical Providers
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is here to work with medical providers who wish to educate their patients on the risks of radon related lung cancer. Many hospitals and clinics throughout the state have already begun educating patients on radon. MDH has developed resources to help make this process easy and effective.
Radon gas exposure in homes is a personal health issue that puts many Minnesotans at risk for serious illness or death. Medical providers are in a unique position to provide important information to their patients about the health risks of radon gas.
Breathing Easier: An Informational Radon Video for Physicians
“Do you know about radon?” This is the question posed to physicians in this new video from the Iowa Cancer Consortium that highlights the story of Dr. Richard Williams, a renowned University of Iowa urologist who passed away from radon-induced lung cancer. Watch the video to learn the importance of educating yourself and your patients about the risks of radon.
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation“By lung cancer survivors, for lung cancer survivors.” That is how A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOHLF) is often described. Founded in Minneapolis in 2007 by four lung cancer patients and their daughters, ABOHLF works to fight lung cancer by funding innovative research, promoting community involvement, and educating and supporting patients. Visit their website to learn more about how you and your patients can get involved with the organization.
CanSAR: Cancer Survivors Against Radon
Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) is a nonprofit organization founded in Illinois in 2004 that works to share the stories of those whose lives have been affected by radon-related lung cancer. It includes members from all over the world and focuses on drawing attention to the very real risk of radon through advocacy and education. Visit their website to read a letter written to physician’s by a CanSAR member and lung-cancer survivor.
Steps you can take now
- Make Radon Education Materials available in your waiting room.
- Include a question on radon testing in your patient intake form.
- Schedule a radon presentation for nursing staff at 651-201-4601 or by email
- Provide patients with low-cost test kits or test kit coupons.
- Refer patients with more questions to the MDH Indoor Air Unit.
Contact the MDH Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or by email to learn how to provide quick, easy, cost-effective radon education to patients.