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Program to Identify Likely Victims of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit to Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy
Date:1/13/2009

Most of the 21,000 Americans who die each year of radon-related lung cancer never discover radon exposure was the likely cause. So, the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) is now assisting Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) with a program aimed at identifying radon-related lung cancer victims, particularly those who never smoked. Those making the connection, along with their family members are committed to radon risk reduction, despite 22 years of failed government policy.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 13, 2009 -- For 22 years, the public has paid little attention to EPA radon warnings. There are more American families at risk of dangerous radon exposure today than when the Agency's radon program began in 1986. But, on those rare opportunities when apparent victims of radon-induced lung cancer can share their personal experiences, people listen. As soon as Liz Hoffmann told her story on WCCO Television in Minneapolis, over 30,000 viewers called to order a radon test kit from the health department. Soon thereafter, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring new homes to be constructed with radon-resistant building features.

After Gloria Linnertz shared the loss of her husband Joe to every state senator and representative in Illinois, a bill requiring all home buyers to be warned about the risk of radon exposure was introduced to the Illinois legislature. Once Barbara Sorgatz joined Gloria to make a public appeal for the bill's passage on Chicago's CBS2 Television, it helped convince the State House to pass the

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