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Dr Oz Talks about Radon and Lung Cancer

Are you and your family at risk of developing lung cancer? The connection between lung cancer and exposure to radon gas took central stage at the Dr. Oz Show on February 9, 2011.

The segment, called #1 Cancer Risk in your Home brought to light the dangers of long-term exposure to radioactive radon and the uncomfortable truth about how wide-spread the problem really is.

Dr Oz brought to his audience expert opinion, research and recommendations from the leading national and international organisations working to raise awareness on this important public health issue.

If you watch the show you will learn:

  • radon is a Class A carcinogen. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the first leading cause lung cancer in non-smokers
  • radon is a naturally occurring, colourless, odourless, highly toxic gas
  • radon may seep into your home and, when trapped indoors, may become a serious health hazard
  • one in every 15 homes in the US has high radon levels
  • the only way to know how much radon you have  in your home is to get your home tested
  • mitigation does not have to be complicated or expensive

Radon is not constrained by borders and many of the points made by Dr Oz are universally applicable. Though national statistics may vary between countries, there is no doubt that, wherever you live, the single most important step you can take today to protect your family is to get your  home tested.

Please remember: because radon levels may fluctuate over time, for an accurate result the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and Heath Canada recommend using a 90-day, long-term test.

You can watch the full episode by following this link: The Dr. Oz Show

For more information on radon and to purchase a test please  click here.

Home radon testing is simple and inexpensive.  Don’t put it off, do it today!


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