Reduce Your Risk

Lung Cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death in both women and men, in women almost double of breast cancer, but it lags behind in awareness, prevention and funding for research. We believe today is a new day in lung cancer! You can absolutely reduce your family’s risk and help save lives.

love-by-paul-hamiltonWhere to begin?   Start today by thinking about the air that you and your family breath.

Say YES to a radon-free home and school for your family.
You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by testing your home and school air for radon. More than 21,000 radon-related lung-cancer deaths occur in the United States each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, according to the EPA.

Why it can be dangerous to you and your family: The EPA recommends that every home and school in American be tested; however, there are no laws requiring testing, so most people do not know they are at risk. Radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas, forms when uranium breaks down in soil, rock, or water. It is usually found in a home’s basement and first floor, where it enters via foundational cracks or groundwater and then becomes trapped in your home.

How to protect yourself: 7 simple steps.

Step 1:  Buy a radon kit (About $15 at amazon, home depot, any hardware store)
Step 2:  Follow the simple directions on the test kit. The kit will measure radon levels in your home.
Step 3:  Put the test kit in the envelope included with your kit, and then mail it to a lab for analysis.
Step 4:  Wait to receive your radon test results via email.
Step 5:  You are within safe range is radon test level measures 1.7picocuries per liter or lower, great! Enjoy the peace of mind that your family home is safe. Remember to test every two years or after any structural changes to your home.
Step 6:  Fix it: If your radon test level measures 1.8+ picocuries per liter, contact a state-certified or licensed radon contractor to install a radon-reduction system, which will filter and vent radon outside your home. It is a one time home improvement cost that will remove your risk from radon gas.
Step 7:  Share with your friends and family about testing their’ homes and schools. It’s a simple test and a simple fix that can save lives!
For help, call the National Safety Council Radon Helpline at 800-557-2366.

Say YES to smoke-free air for your family.
You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by not smoking, quit if you are currently a smoker and not expose your children, family and friends to second hand smoke. Smoking and second-hand smoke cause lung cancer!
For help, call the American Lung Association Lung 1-800-586-4872 or www.ffsonline.org (Freedom From Smoking Online)

Say YES to healthy outside air.
Air pollution is also cause of lung cancer. Take action in your community to help clean up the air you and your family breathe.
www.stateoftheair.org

Say YES to asbestos-free buildings.
Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals. Research shows asbestos fibers can cause major breathing problems and cancer. Inhaling asbestos fibers increases the risk of developing lung cancer. If you believe you have an asbestos problem, limit your exposure to asbestos by leaving the suspected material alone and contact trained asbestos professional you may want to have your home examined by a professional.
www.stateoftheair.org