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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

Hunting down the radon-induced lung cancer genetic mutation signature

Radon Research Series

Alpha particle radiation from radon gas has the ability to ionize (steal electrons from) DNA in a manner that produces complex, highly clustered damage to our DNA that our cells are not able to repair quickly or accurately. Dose-for-dose alpha particle radiation is a lot more mutation and cancer-causing relative to other types of radiation such as X-rays.

A critical molecular question is: why?

To study the genetic origins of alpha-particle radiation (radon)-induced lung cancer, our team has developed high throughput technologies to study repetitive alpha-particle radiation effects using human cell systems. By doing this, we can reproduce in a laboratory what happens all the time to people who return each day to a home containing high radon levels.

Using this technology, we are discovering the specific genetic mutation pattern (a ‘signature’) that arises in cells that become cancer following long-term, repetitive exposure to radon.

Once we have this in hand, it will be possible to confidently assign the origin of lung cancer to radon exposure, much as can be done already for tobacco smoking.

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