LANSING, Mich., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month in America. The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is leading a joint effort among a consortium of non-profit, lung cancer patient advocacy organizations and individuals to raise public awareness of the disease. The American Cancer Society is also taking part. Throughout November, the stories of lung cancer survivors, caregivers, and families of those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer will be shared.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2016, nearly 225,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and lung cancer will take the lives of nearly 160,00 people. Although 90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by active smoking, 10% of lung cancer cases are attributable to radon, which is an estimated 21,000 deaths each year. The American Lung Association says that exposure to radon, a naturally occurring carcinogenic gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after active smoking.
Radon is produced by decaying uranium and occurs naturally in soil and rock in the ground. It can penetrate building materials and enter air in the home, where it is inhaled by the home's occupants. Radon gas is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, special detectors and test kits are required to monitor radon levels in residential and commercial properties and water.
Industry leader SWAT Environmental is a radon mitigation company serving over 40 states from coast to coast, in the United States. They provide short-term testing kits and monitors for residential, commercial, real-estate, and waterborne radon levels. Consumers can purchase short-term radon test kits for $5.00, using promotional code TSTNOW, at http://www.911Radon.com. The proceeds from the sale of the kits will be donated to CanSar, a charity that supports victims of Radon-caused lung cancer and helps to create awareness.
SWAT Environmental can assist individuals and businesses with detection, monitoring and analyzing radon gas levels. If radon levels are found to be dangerously high, SWAT Environmental's radon testing teams can advise, support, and assist in radon reduction and mitigation. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon if levels are at or above 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Exposure to a level of 4 pC/i/L is equivalent to eight cigarettes a day or 200 chest x-rays a year. Around 1 in 15 homes in America tested for radon are estimated to fall into this category. However, radon can be controlled and the risk associated with radon exposure can be greatly decreased.
"Radon-related lung cancer is preventable when people test for radon levels and understand that no level is safe," said Diana Cotton, Director of Marketing and Media. Since November is lung cancer awareness month, now is an appropriate time to look at the extent of this alarming situation and find out if radon levels need to be controlled. Monitors and test kits can be ordered at www.911Radon.com.
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