The radioactive properties of radon have been known for decades, but the risks of exposure have been understated in most professional healthcare curriculums. Healthcare providers in areas with low levels of radon exposure may not consider radon to be a main source of concern in the development of lung and other cancers. Just as nurses counsel patients to avoid tobacco exposure, they should advocate that patients have their homes tested for radon. This article aims to increase radon awareness and address opportunities for providers to work toward various objectives to reduce radon exposure.
At a Glance
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and worldwide.
- Prevention activities are needed to increase awareness of the risks of radon exposure and promote mitigation.
- Healthcare providers are trusted sources of information for patients and consumers and should recommend home radon testing, even after a diagnosis of lung cancer.