Lung Cancer Prevention: Addressing Radon
in State Cancer Control Plans
2013 Legislative Summit: Aug. 13, 2013
Commander Tony Neri , U.S. Public Health Serice, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In this video, Commander Antonio Neri, M.D., outlines what are environmental cancers, how people can minimize their risks, and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is doing to help prevent these diseases.
Among the issues he discusses is radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the leading cause among nonsmokers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that every home be tested for radon. Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) programs develop cancer coalitions that coordinate funding and resources to focus on cancer activities that are recorded in cancer plans. Radon tests, remediation, and radon mitigation techniques are relatively inexpensive, but it is unclear whether coalitions recognize radon as an important carcinogen.