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Radon: Public Health and Cancer Prevention

Video Transcript In Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer but what is radon and what can public health do about it? Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and soils break down. During this process, radon decays into radioactive alpha particles.  When inhaled, this radiation can break DNA bonds of cells inside the lungs. As DNA damage increases, the risk...

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Experiences with BC First Nations community-based radon testing: Successes and lessons learned

This paper describes the key components of a three-year, on-reserve, community-wide residential radon testing project involving three Interior BC First Nations communities that resulted in an impressive 97% response rate for radon testing. The paper highlights the activities and considerations that led to the success of this program and offers insights into how testing rates can be increased for...

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