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Health Canada Raises Estimate for Radon Gas Deaths

Health Canada has adjusted its estimate of the number of lung cancer deaths caused by indoor exposure to radon gas – upwards. A previous study completed decades ago estimated that figure at 10%. Based on recent research however, they’ve upped that to 16% representing approximately 3,200 Canadians each year.

That estimate is based on the Cross-Canada Survey of Radon Concentrations in Homes, a two-year study conducted by Health Canada’s National Radon Program. One of the goals of the study was to come up with an estimate of the proportion of the Canadian population living in homes with radon gas levels above the guideline of 200 Bq/m3.

The study showed:

  • No areas of the country are radon free
  • Even in provinces where the overall rates were low, there were still areas where there were homes subject to high radon levels as per the guidelines
  • Fifty-four (54%) of the Health Regions had 10% or more homes above the guideline level

Canadian Cancer Society
The Health Canada report has spurred the Canadian Cancer Society to chime in to urge Canadians across the country to have their homes tested for radon gas. Radon gas is produced as part of the natural decay of uranium and it seeps into your home via the ground or water. Colourless, odourless and tasteless, you will not know about the presence of radon gas in your home until you feel its effects.

“Exposure to indoor radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after tobacco smoking,” said Mary-Pat Shaw, acting president and CEO of the Canadian Lung Association in a media release. “The new analysis completed by Health Canada tells us that the risk from radon is significantly greater than previously thought.”

Radon Testing
Knowledge is your key to ensuring your family’s safety when it comes to radon gas exposure. We offer two kinds of testing:

  • Short term – if you’re in a hurry and need results quickly
  • Long term – ideal since the levels will vary day to day and with the seasons

Let us give you peace of mind – call the Environmental Services Group for a quote.

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