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University of Iowa News Release


Jan. 4, 2010

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center tip: test for radon to reduce cancer risk

Radon, an odorless gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon gets into homes through cracks in the foundation, floors and walls, and is most dangerous when it stays in an enclosed place.

Iowa has the highest average radon levels in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, so it is a good idea to have your home tested for radon. If the level is too high, there are ways to vent your home to reduce the radon level.

--Test your home using both short-term and long-term tests. Radon amounts can change monthly, so do both types of tests.

--Do not rely on neighbors' results. Results can vary widely from house to house.

--Short-term radon test kits are available for Iowa residents by mail for $6, and by pick-up for $4. For more information, contact the Iowa Air Coalition at 800-206-7818.

Learn more at or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


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