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Radon Gas Causes Lung Cancer

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Health agencies across the country are calling radon gas the second leading cause of lung cancer.  To cut down the number of people affected by the gas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages radon testing this month.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless radioactive gas.    

One in 15 homes contains high levels of radon, but millions are exposed to it without even knowing.

But, the health hazard can be avoided by doing an at home radon test.

"Most people don't understand, you know, radon is just something you don't even notice that it's there.  And, unless you test, you don't know what you have in your house," says First District Health Environmental Director James Heckman.

First District Health offers free radon testing kits. Tests usually take about one to two weeks to process at the State Health Department. First District Health can provide assistance if you find you do have high counts of radon in your home.

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