(The Monitor Daily, US) – The Robeson County Health Department together with the N.C Radon Program have begun to issue radon test kits to all households. Free radon self-testing kits are being distributed during January.
Officially, the month of January has been declared National Radon Radiation Awareness Month. According to certain health reports, circa 22.000 people die each year due to radon exposure.
Exposure to the odorless noble gas can cause a very aggressive form of lung cancer. Oncologists declared that 54 percent of patients diagnosed with radon-induced cancer have a life expectancy of 5 years of less.
According to the scientifical literature, radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive noble gas. The noble gas can occur in nature as a result of radium decay. The effects of exposing to large doses of radon radiation have been known since the 16th century.
In 1530, Paracelsus, a philosopher, and occultist identified a disease among miners, which he called mala metallorum, or the disease brought by metals. Recent studies have shown that miners working in radon miners are quite susceptible at developing several forms of cancer, due to the fact the levels of radiation in such an underground structure exceeds 1.000.000 becquerels per cubic meter.
In 2003, a report conducted by the US’s Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the number of cases which link lung cancer to ever increasing doses of radon radiation in households has increased to 21.000.
As of now, radon was coined the second leading cause of cancer in the United States. But now, citizens can use the self-testing kits issued by the Health officials in to determine the exposure to radon radiation.
Free radon self-testing kits are distributed all over the country, however, the available kits cannot cover the nationwide demand. According to the distributor, approximately 15.000 self-testing kits have been issued since the campaign started.
If you are interesting in picking up your kit, then head on over to 460 County Club Road, situated in Lumberton. The kit distribution will begin on Tuesday. If you are unable to get a free kit, then you will be able to buy one from the N.C’s Radon Program official website. The self-testing kit costs only 6 dollars.
Moreover, the site has other helpful feature. For instance, you can write in you zip code to get a reading on the radon levels. The site can even help you identify certain professionals that are capable of lowering the levels of radon radiation in your household.
According to certain estimates, the cost of lowering the levels of radon radiation in a household is around 1500 dollars.
Free radon self-testing kits are being distributed during the Radon Awareness Month.