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Kansas homeowners urged to check for radon gas

Date Published: 01/05/2020 [Source]

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is urging home and business owners to get their properties checked for radon gas.

Radon gas occurs naturally in soil and can leak into basements and become concentrated. In Kansas, more than 200 lung cancer deaths annually can be tied to radon exposure. The EPA estimates 21,000 lung cancer deaths across the country can be attributed to radon.

"Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and the first in people who have never smoked," Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of KDHE said. "The good news is that prolonged exposure to high concentrations of radon can be prevented."