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PREVENTION STARTS AT HOME: MEASURE RADON IN YOUR HOME WITH A FREE TESTING KIT AND PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM LUNG CANCER

Gaspé (November 8, 2022) — The City of Gaspé is pleased to work with Take care of radon, a coalition of national health organizations, to raise awareness of the dangers of radon.

As the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, radon is found in high concentrations in homes across the country. Although Canada has had a national radon plan for over a decade, many Canadians are still unaware of the existence of this deadly gas.

“On average, 58 people in Canada will die from lung cancer each day, making it the leading cause of cancer death in Canada,” says Lynn Murad, Cancer Prevention Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society. “It is important for Canadians to know that their risk from radon can be controlled by measuring radon in their homes and reducing their exposure. »

The City of Gaspé invites everyone to participate in the 100 Radon Testing Kits Challenge, a program that provides free radon testing kits to everyone in the community. Everyone participating in the program is encouraged to attend the radon information session to learn more about the health effects of radon, why it is a concern in our area, on Health Canada's recommendations as well as where and when you can get your radon detector.

"Radon is a well-established human carcinogen, and screening for and mitigating radon levels is an important method of preventing lung cancer," says Anne-Marie Nicol, researcher at Simon University's Faculty of Science. Fraser. “Residential radon is marked as the main exposure of the Canadian population to radon; preventing radon exposure will reduce the number of people who die from lung cancer. »

"Radon testing is simple to perform, and there are effective solutions to mitigate radon levels in homes where they are high," says Pam Warkentin, ACSTR's Executive Director and Project Leader, Take care of radon. “The first step is to know the radon concentration in your home. Every home should be tested for radon — it's as simple as that. »

For the citizens of Gaspé, this is the perfect time to deal with radon. Individuals from the community are encouraged to enroll in the program at https://takeactiononradon.ca/fr/joignez-nous/defi-des-trousses-de-depistage-de-radon/

 The free radon information session will take place on November 16 at 18:30 p.m. online.

 About Take Action Radon

Take Action Radon is a national initiative that aims to bring together radon stakeholders and raise awareness about radon across Canada. The initiative is led by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CASTR), CAREX Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.

To learn more about radon and how to measure radon in your home, visit: occupetoiduradon.ca

To schedule an interview with a specialist, please contact Erin Curry e_curry@carst.ca

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