Westmont, IL, United States, January 29, 2019 – Radonova, the global leader in Radon measurement, today announced that it has been selected as the testing laboratory for the Evict Radon province-wide campaign in Alberta, Canada. To date, over 15,000 Alberta homes have been tested. Evict Radon is designed to increase awareness about radon-induced lung cancer and encourage Western Canadians to have their homes tested. Processed in Radonova’s laboratory, the results from a 90+ day test are then taken forward by researchers to understand how our environment influences our radon exposure and health.
Radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking and the leading cause in non-smokers. Young people and children are more vulnerable to radiation as they have higher respiratory rates than adults. However, consumer knowledge on how to detect Radon and meaningfully reduce exposure is low.
Evict Radon is a confederation of Canadian cancer researchers and scholars founded to understand Canada’s radon problem through science and eradicate radon exposure in homes to prevent future cases of radon-induced lung cancer. This confederation encompasses Canadian medical doctors, biologists, geologists, physicists, architects, clinical psychologists, communications professionals, and population health experts with a strong track record of innovation, public outreach, and cancer prevention research.
The team innovatively combines grassroots science engagement and citizen science-based research to prevent cancers. Evict Radon is led by Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, who is the federally-appointed Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease.
Dr. Aaron Goodarzi said: “It is very straightforward to test for radon. A radon test device is smaller than a hockey puck and requires no electricity. You simply place it in the lowest level of the home where someone spends more than four hours a day. Early findings from our study indicate that in rural Alberta, one in six homes are impacted. Right now, we have one Albertan a day diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer. If Alberta were a country, it would be among the top five on Earth, in terms of radon-exposed populations.”
High River Mayor Craig Snodgrass said: “I’d heard people talking about radon gas in Alberta, but I really didn’t give it a lot of thought until my wife wanted us to test for it. Now, we’ve become advocates of testing, and I’d like to see other mayors in our province encourage their citizens to test for the gas.”
Bill Rounds, President of Radonova, said: “Radon is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas that can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in our homes. Evict Radon is a ground-breaking campaign, which can be used as a template to identify other regions where Radon exposure is high. This will consequently help prevent unnecessary cases of radon-induced lung cancer. As the only global ISO accredited radon measurement provider, we’re fully committed to working with Dr Goodarzi’s team to ensure the project gets accurate results in a timely and professional manner to ensure the concept can be confidently rolled out to other regions.”
The radon kits used in the study costs $60 and are available here. Devices must be purchased by the end of January for the testing to be completed during the winter. Evict Radon re-opens every fall for radon testing.
For more information on radon gas, click here to watch Dr. Goodarzi’s recent Tedx talk.
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Radonova, Inc., formerly Landauer Radon, Inc., was born out of Landauer, Inc. (NYSE:LDR), a pioneer in radiation dosimetry. Dating back to the early 1980’s Landauer began manufacturing and analysing alpha track detectors (ATD) under the brand name Radtrak. Radtrak quickly became the industry standard for radon testing in the United States.
The new company, Radonova, maintains a high profile within the global radon community, and has been the laboratory of choice for numerous government radon surveys, as well as other public and private sector large scale measurement contracts around the world. A truly global laboratory, Radonova has measurements in over 50 countries worldwide and has performed millions of measurements. For more information visit https://radonova.com.
Darren Cottom, Crow Public Relations
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