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October 1, 2012
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LIVESTRONG™ and Minnesota Department of Health encourage all Minnesotans to test for radon

On October 2, LIVESTRONG™, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Health are working together to help Minnesotans prevent lung cancer due to radon.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Since 1997, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has worked to reduce the risks of all types of cancer and raise money to fight this terrible disease. Radon, a naturally occurring gas present in many Minnesota homes, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year. Radon exposure, however, is a preventable health threat.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. One of the easiest ways to determine if you and your family are at increased risk for lung cancer is to perform a radon test on your home.

Tuesday, October 2 is LIVESTRONG Day, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation wants all Minnesotans to test their homes for radon. Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-5 days. Most test kits are priced under $20 and are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. Visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/radon to obtain a kit.

Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. Tests should not be done in laundry or utility rooms, kitchens or bathrooms. Once you have tested, further action can be taken based upon your results. If your home’s level is over 4 PiC/L, you should consider verification testing and having a radon mitigation system installed. Anyone interested in mitigating his or her home for radon should consult MDH’s list of certified radon mitigation contractors at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigation.html.

For more information on radon testing and mitigation in new and existing homes visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/radon or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050.

For more information on the Lance Armstrong Foundation and LIVESTRONG Day visit http://www.livestrong.org. Each message shared on Facebook or Twitter encouraging others to test their homes for radon will result in a $1 donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Messages can be shared via http://www.livestrongday.org.

-MDH-


For more information, contact:

Gary Caldwell
MDH Communications
651-201-4999

Andrew Gilbert
Indoor Air Unit
651-201-4604