Radon Awareness Through Physicians

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It is estimated that each year exposure to indoor radon gas causes over 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States. It is the second leading cause after cigarette smoking. Physicians can have a tremendous positive impact on the health of New Yorkers by encouraging radon testing and mitigation, to help reduce the likelihood of radon induced lung cancer.

New York State medical professionals can play a vital role in informing the public about the risk of radon, since physicians are trusted advisors on health and prevention of disease. The New York State Department of Health Radon Program (Radon Program) is partnering with medical professionals who would like to educate and inform their patients about the risks associated with radon. Many physicians, clinics and hospitals throughout the state have already begun. The Radon Program has created resources and informational packets designed to help you effectively inform your patients.

What Can Medical Professionals Do?

Click links below for NYSDOH and EPA publications available from NYSDOH Radon Program:

  • Radon Publications Order Form
    • Have You Given Your Home a Radon Checkup? - Poster
    • Protect Your Family From Radon - A Guide for New York State Residents
    • The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc., has developed a new guide for health care providers entitled Reducing the Risk from Radon: Information and Interventions. This guide was designed to furnish health care providers with the information they need to reduce their patients' exposures to radon.
    • The Iowa Cancer Consortium has the Breathing Easier Campaign, which includes videos as well as educational fliers and pamphlets that can be customized for use in your practice. The webpage also has links to a number of other radon resources for physicians.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a radon toolkit which contains graphics and customizable documents designed to educate on the risks of radon exposure.
    • The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has developed a toxicological profile for radon.
    • The Health Physics Society (HPS) is a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. The HPS develops position papers on various radiation topics, including radon.
    • The New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan was created by the NYS Cancer Consortium (NYSCC) and is meant as a guide to identify and address the cancer burden in NYS.
    • Federal Radon Action Plan (FRAP) contains current federal government actions to reduce radon risks, and a series of new commitments for future action. These actions include providing resources and support to organizations and individuals and increasing awareness for builders and service industry professionals.
    • The National Radon Action Plan (NRAP) represents a collaborative effort between eleven organizations dedicated to eliminating avoidable radon-induced lung cancer in the United States. Led by the American Lung Association, the national radon workgroup agreed on a framework for action aimed at incorporating radon testing, radon mitigation and radon-resistant construction into systems that govern purchasing, financing, constructing and renovating homes and other buildings.
    • The Cancer Moonshot Report was delivered by former Vice President Biden in October 2016. The report summarizes the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force since its creation, and lays out the Vice President's strategic plan for transforming cancer research and care. The report also includes the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel's identified areas of scientific opportunity.
    • The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a Handbook on Indoor Radon.
    • The National Academy of Science, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VI Committee has published a report on the Health Effects of Exposure to Radon.
    • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes, EPA 402-R-03-003.