Who are we?

Evict Radon is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to solving Canada’s substantial and worsening radon-gas exposure problem through interdisciplinary research for the benefit of all Canadians. Led by Dr. Aaron Goodarzi of the University of Calgary, the federally-appointed Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease, Evict Radon is working towards educating Canadians about the harmful effects of radon gas. 

By purchasing an Evict Radon test device and participating in the research study, participants enable the research of a confederation of Canadian medical doctors, biologists, geologists, architects, clinical psychologists, communications professionals, and population health experts. Our team combines grassroots science engagement and citizen science-based research in a way perhaps never seen before in Canada for preventing cancers. 

Together, this group of scholars aim for nothing less than building the essential knowledge needed to ‘evict’ radon as a future source of lung cancer, saving thousands of lives and billions in health care costs.

“The results from your simple 90+ day test are then taken forward by researchers to understand how our environment influences our radon exposure.”

Why do we care?

While radon causes many thousands of new lung cancer diagnoses annually, knowledge to meaningfully reduce exposure is low. Evict Radon is designed to increase awareness about radon-induced lung cancer, and encourage Canadians to have their home tested. The results from a simple 90+ day test are then taken forward by researchers to understand how our environment influences our radon exposure. This includes home architecture, our geography, behaviour, and how – in time – our genetics influence our personal risk of developing cancer following radon exposure. 

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What are the advantages of testing your home through Evict Radon?

An advantage to testing with a research project like Evict Radon is that the scientists perform hundreds of controls to ensure your radon reading is “gold standard”. These include:

  • Blanks, un-exposed tests put through the entire process to ensure precision and accuracy
  • Duplicates
  • Spiked positives, tests we send to the lab to ensure that devices are precise 

In addition to ensuring your radon test result is as accurate as possible, your data will be used for the betterment of Canadian Health and society to further research into cancer prevention. 

Everything we do and say, has been approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board, which ensures that there are no conflicts of interest, that your data is held securely and safely, and that the risks of participation are both minimized and fully disclosed. 

Our partners

We are pleased to work together with a variety of partners interested in raising radon awareness and protecting Canadians from the negative effects of radon exposure. These include:

Ethics Statement

The University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board has approved this research study. (Study Ethics ID = REB17-2239) If you have any questions concerning your rights as a possible participant in this research, please contact the Chair of the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board, Research Services, University of Calgary.

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