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RADON TESTING APRIL - AUGUST?: 6 MONTH RADON TEST ENCOURAGED  

Thank you for your interest in testing with the Evict Radon National Study

The Evict Radon National Study is a national research study involving researchers and scientific partners from across Canada who are dedicated to solving Canada’s significant and worsening radon-gas exposure problem. Radon is a substantial cause of lung cancer even in non-smokers. By testing your home with our at-cost, research-grade radon test kits and enrolling in our national, public university-based research study, you are helping researchers from across Canada to understand radon exposure and develop new ways to protect ourselves and loved ones.

Common practice stated that winter is the optimal time to radon test. However, as we collect more data, we have determined little difference between winter and spring radon testing. We do, however, encourage our participants to test over seasonal change. At this time, the best and most accurate radon readings obtained during the spring and summer months are those that are longer than 6 months. 

Radon Research Series

Developing tools to assess lifetime radon exposure for more inclusive lung cancer screening

Radon Research Series

Lung cancer screening is an essential tool for improving health outcomes, as it enables earlier cancer diagnosis and, therefore, more effective treatment that can substantially prolong life or even be curative.

While historically, this has been available for breast, prostate and colorectal cancers, only recently has the technology, health system funding, approvals, and infrastructure come together to enable lung cancer screening to be piloted in Canada. However, while lung cancer screening programs are being made available in some provinces, only people with a significant history of tobacco use will be eligible, excluding light- and never-smokers based on insufficient evidence of PERSONAL lung cancer risk to warrant inclusion. An outcome from a standard, high radon test is not, at this time, going to confer lung cancer screening eligibility, and this is an acknowledged health (in)equity concern.

New technological approaches to determining lifetime radon exposure are required to establish personal risk; this is being developed by a coalition of cancer researchers across Canada with $5.1M in funding from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Over the next five years, this team will be recruiting thousands of Canadians willing to participate in research to examine tell-tale amounts of radon decay products in their toenails, exploring whether measurements of these signs of radon exposure could be used to meaningfully assess a person’s risk of lung cancer to the point that lung cancer screening is justified.

 

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