What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible, odourless and tasteless but radioactive gas that is produced in the ground. Normally, it dilutes to virtually nothing in outside air, but our modern homes, schools and workplaces are capturing and concentrating radon to unnaturally high and cancer-causing levels in indoor air
Why should I care?
Every day, dozens of Canadians are diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer, despite never having used tobacco. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, but exposure is entirely preventable. It is easily removable from your life, but knowing your home’s radon level is the first step in determining if you are at risk
What should I do?
Test your home and help Canadian scientists defeat this problem. The process is simple. Consent into the “Evict Radon” citizen scientist-based national radon study, purchase a radon test device, register it with our team, and place it in the lowest level of your home for 90 or more days
Help Canadian Researchers Defeat Radon
Evict Radon was founded by Canadian scientists using an interdisciplinary approach to understand and prevent Canadian radon exposure.
By testing your home with one of our Evict Radon test kits, you’re automatically enrolled in our research study. Each participant is helping researchers across Canada understand radon exposure and develop new ways to protect ourselves and loved ones.
Canada is now at the stage where it is no longer sufficient to just promote radon testing. Basic radon testing programs have been in operation for decades, from many, many organizations, yet homes continue to be constructed containing more and more Radon, and cases of never-smoker (radon-attributable) lung cancers continue to rise. Of the relatively small numbers of people that even the most successful programs have convinced to radon test, only a fraction (<30%) of those who find they are at risk will take action to mitigate. This has to change. Thankfully, Canadians are now in a position to do this.
Evict Radon embraces research strategies across disciplines to gain the information necessary to (i) learn how to engineer out the Radon from our buildings before they are even built, (ii) to identify who are the most at risk from Radon in society, and (iii) make meaningful change to policy across sectors. This must be done by strictly adhering to national research ethics standards, as well as best practices for controlled studies that will pass academic peer-review and, ultimately, very close scrutiny from the public and experts. Achieving this is possible and, if successful, will transform the ability to prevent lung cancers caused by radon.