Health Officials Warning of Radon and Lung Cancer Risk

RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Health officials held an open house at Riverton Hospital about the dangers of radon gas in the area. It's been shown to lead to lung cancer and is found in high levels in one out of three Utah homes.

Eleanor Divver of the Department of Environmental Quality said the issue is that areas of granite see higher levels of the gas. Granite is found in mass around the Wasatch Valley.

"You can't see it, smell it, or taste it," said Divver. "It gets into homes because of the breakdown of uranium that's naturally accruing in our soils."

Experts note it's also a major contributor to lung cancer. Utah is one of the lowest tobacco use rates in the nation and radon is the number one contributor for non smokers getting lung cancer.

Good news is there is an $8 dollar kit will allow residents to test the radon level in their home. DEQ website notes a simple piping system can allow the gas to filter out of homes.

 

 

 


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