Raising awareness on the dangers of radon gas

A Havelock, NB woman is hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas after receiving a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer due to naturally occurring radon gas in her home.

Fifty-eight-year-old Angela Lea and her family have lived in the home for 26 years, and is otherwise healthy, and is a non-smoker with an active lifestyle.

According to Statistics Canada, radon causes 16 per cent of lung cancer cases in Canada, while NB Lung says one in four homes in the province have dangerous levels of radon. Radon in homes in New Brunswick comes from bedrock, which is high in uranium and which releases radioactive radon gas.

Lea is now hoping to inform others about the dangers of radon gas, especially in the province, which has some of the highest levels of radon in Canada. Radon can only be detected through testing, and Lea is urging others to obtain a home radon test kit. A community fund called Angela’s Allies is planning to distribute hundreds of radon test kits at the Havelock Elementary School on November 15, 2023.

NB Lung offers more information on radon in New Brunswick. Take Action on Radon lists ways consumers can access radon test kits.

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