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Letters: Radon can be measured

Radon can be measured Please help me inform the citizens of your state of the deadly effects of radon gas. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and, for persons who have ever smoked, chances are much greater of developing l...

Radon can

be measured

Please help me inform the citizens of your state of the deadly effects of radon gas. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and, for persons who have ever smoked, chances are much greater of developing lung cancer if exposed to high levels of radon gas over a period of years.

The federal government knows about this worldwide threat, but very few of our citizens know anything about radon gas or of its harmful effects. Testing for radon is very easy. Buying a test kit at the local hardware store and conducting a two- or three-day test can determine if a home has high radon levels. If it is 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) or higher, it needs to be mitigated according to the surgeon general. Mitigation is not complicated and can be accomplished in a few hours.

I had no idea what radon gas was and certainly didn't think it was in my house. On Feb. 8, 2006, my husband, Joe, died of lung cancer. Joe's cancer doctor had told us that smoking and radon gas cause lung cancer. Joe hadn't smoked in 27 years. On March 8, I saw on TV that Dana Reeves, a nonsmoker, had died of lung cancer. Again, radon gas was slightly mentioned as a cause of lung cancer. I tested the house and found the high levels of 11.2 and 17.6 pCi/L. Needless to say, I had it mitigated.

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Gloria Linnertz

Waterloo, IA

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