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Lung Cancer Deaths from Radon Gas in Canadian Homes and Buildings Higher Than Expected

Health Canada scientists have found that many more homes than expected from previous surveys have radon levels above Canadian public health guidelines. This conclusion was reached on the basis of radon tests conducted in some 14,000 homes and buildings across Canada.

Having analyzed the test findings, Health Canada scientists have concluded that about 7% of homes and buildings across Canada have high radon gas levels. They have also concluded that approximately 16% of all lung cancer deaths in Canada can be attributed to radon in homes and buildings, irrespective of lung cancers from smoking. These estimates are higher than previous Health Canada estimates. The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada has commented on this matter, applauding Health Canada for the new rigor it has shown on the radon issue since it finally lowered the radon exposure guidelines in 2006.



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Why Radiation Protection Makes Sense at Low Exposure Levels

We Need to Think More About Low-level Radiation By Laura Boksman, RSIC Chief Scientist First published in The Province on July 6, 2015, online edition Radiation is all around us. It occurs naturally in our environment, coming to us from the sun, from the soil and foods that we eat, and in the air that we […]

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Occupational Radiation – Champion your own Safety

Radiation safety awareness is not just for patients, but for the physicians and clinical teams treating patients as well. Radiation exposure has a cumulative effect over the course of a physician’s career. In cardiac catheterization labs, interventional radiology suites and electrophysiology, radiation exposure is a significant but often overlooked risk for medical staff. To address […]

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Commemorating the National Day of Mourning

On April 28 we are joining with Canadian workers and their families in the mourning of lives lost at work. Planning our safety program lets keep in mind hazards that are not so visible, like radiation. It did cost 220 miners their lives.

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