January is National Radon Action Month

EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is released from rocks under the ground. Radon rises through the ground and can enter homes, where it is found at the highest levels in low areas like basements and the first floor. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time increases your risk of lung cancer, especially for people who also smoke.

You can test your home for radon to find out if the levels are too high. If a home does have high levels of radon, you can have a radon reduction system installed that will collect gases rising out of the ground and exhaust them from the home. The Virginia Department of Health Indoor Radon Program provides radon testing kits for only a $3 shipping fee.

January is Radon Action Month

EPA has set aside January as Radon Action Month. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas that can slowly seep out of the ground and build up in basements and ground levels of dwellings. High levels of radon in homes are linked to lung cancer, especially in smokers. Fortunately, radon levels can be reduced by installing a radon mitigation system. The first step is to find out whether radon levels in your home are too high, and the best time to do that is in the winter when windows and doors are kept closed and radon levels are highest. To help Virginia residents protect themselves from radon, the Virginia Department of Health is providing $3 radon test kits.  For more information on radon and to order your test kit, visit VDHRadon.org. You can also visit EPA’s radon page and the Virginia Department of Health’s Indoor Radon Program page.

FDA Review Finds No Link Between Cell Phones and Cancer

Since cell phones began to be used widely, some people have been concerned about the potential for radiofrequency radiation (RFR) from cell phones to cause cancer. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the results of a comprehensive review of scientific studies published from January 1, 2008 to May 8, 2018 on RFR and human health effects, looking for any possible causal relationship between RFR and cancer.  Their conclusion was that there was no measurable risk:   

Based on the FDA’s ongoing evaluation, the available epidemiological and cancer incidence
data continues to support the Agency’s determination that there are no quantifiable adverse
health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current cell phone exposure limits.

The full FDA report can be read here.