Radon is Linked with 10 Percent of Lung Cancer Deaths

Long-term exposure to residential radon is responsible for about 10 per cent of lung cancer deaths, according to experts in Canada. The combination of smoking and long-term radon exposure drastically increases the risk of lung cancer, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently stated.

“Many Canadians are not aware of the risks from residential radon gas and what they can do to stay healthy,” noted Dr Jeff Turnbull, President of the CMA. “With winter approaching, physicians want to make sure their patients are aware of this potential health hazard.”

The CMA, together with the Canadian Lung Association, have joined forces with Health Canada to raise public awareness of the effect radon exposure can have on an individual’s health.

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