The genetic mutations caused by chronic exposure of lung cells to alpha particle radiation from radon will drive cancer formation. Depending on dose, it can take 1-3 decades before lung cancer is diagnosed.
Radon is classified as a category 1 carcinogen (cancer causing agent) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Category 1 is only assigned to carcinogens that research and medicine has established to cause cancer in humans and animals with no doubts whatsoever.
Like many environmental lung carcinogens, such as tobacco or asbestos, it is chronic exposure to radon that is relevant to increasing relative lifetime risk of cancer.
Cancer occurs when genetic mutations impact how a cell grows, divides and/or spreads. When more genetic mutations accumulate over time, the risk of a cell becoming cancer increases.
The chances of getting a radon-induced lung cancer depend on the dose and duration of exposure, with higher exposures for longer periods meaning more genetic mutations greater cancer risk. Dose-for-dose, particle radiation causes a lot more genetic mutations than simple x-rays.
Radon is the 2nd leading cause of all lung cancers. It is the primary cause of disease in the fifth of lung cancer cases who are never-smokers. In Canada, this accounts for 10,000-40,000 cases per decade –an enormous burden of disease.
Large studies say that the relative risk of lung cancer is not significant for most people at less than 100 Bq/m3 of radon. However, lung cancer risk rises at >100 Bq/m3 radon.
Approximately 20% of lung cancer patients (1 in 5) are not tobacco smokers. The science indicates that the primary cause of lung cancer in these people is chronic radon exposure.
In Canada, the radon-attributable lung cancer burden is between 10,000 to 40,000 people per decade. This has a substantial cost in human suffering as well as economic consequences to the Canadian health care system estimated at $338 million per year.
Knowing your historic radon exposure is important information as it can enable you to remove that risk from your life. You should also tell your health care providers so they are aware of this as a cancer risk factor.
The connection between residential radon and lung cancer was proven directly by several large studies collectively involving >10,000 lung cancer patients and another >10,000 healthy controls. The data indicated ~16% increase in relative lifetime risk of lung cancer per 100 Bq/m3of chronic radon exposure.
Thank you for your interest in Evict Radon. Evict Radon test kits will be available in October 2019. Please enter your email and we will notify you when kits are available for purchase.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS RESEARCH:
Extensive research indicates that radon testing is most accurate during the winter months. Because of this, we only accept research participants and sell Evict Radon test kits from October – February 29th. If you wish to join our 2019/2020 Evict Radon research study, please enter your email below to be added to our waitlist. We will contact you when kits become available for purchase in October 2019.
Thank you for your interest in Evict Radon research awareness and testing study. Before consenting to participate, we ask you please read and be aware of the study terms and conditions. It is very important that you understand this information, and that this is a citizen science-based study that requires you to purchase a specific radon testing kit (at cost) via our project. We thank you in advance for your time.
Included in an Evict Radon test kit
For $51.99, you’ll receive everything needed to ensure your radon test result is as accurate as possible. This includes:
Shipping to home address
Radtrak2 – long term radon test
Placement and registration Instructions
Fees for radon analysis and reporting
Report at the end of analysis
IMPORTANT: In order to meet new Canada Post rules, return shipping labels are not included. Return shipping as “small packet” with Canada Post will cost approximately $10 without tracking.
If at any point you wish to withdraw from our study, or have any concerns about the nature of this research study, please contact [email protected] 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. The University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board has approved this research study. Study Ethics ID = REB19-1522
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