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World Lung Cancer Day
August 1, 2018

Cancer of the lung and bronchus is one of the most common forms of cancer, accounting for an estimatedone in four cancer deaths [ https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/lungb.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ] in the United States in 2018. Two important causes of lung cancer may be present in indoor air: radon and secondhand smoke.

Radon [ https://www.epa.gov/radon?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ] is the number one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking). Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths [ https://www.epa.gov/radon/health-risk-radon?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ] in the United States every year. The only way to know how much radon may be present in your indoor air is to test [ https://www.epa.gov/radon/find-radon-test-kit-or-measurement-and-mitigation-professional?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ] for it.

Another leading cause of lung cancer is secondhand smoke [ https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/secondhand-tobacco-smoke-and-smoke-free-homes?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ], which is estimated to be responsible for 7,300 lung cancer deaths [ https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/index.htm?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ] in the United States every year. Exposure to secondhand smoke also can have serious consequences for the health of children, including the triggering of asthma [ https://www.epa.gov/asthma/asthma-triggers-gain-control?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ] attacks.

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