UGA Radon Program

UGA Radon Program The award-winning UGA Radon Education Program's purpose is to educate Georgians on the dangers of radon and steps to take to protect themselves.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Over 21,000 people die each year. You can't see, taste or smell radon. You can protect your family by testing your home. To get a radon test kit go to www.ugaradon.com or if you live in Georgia call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.

Congrats to our 2nd place winner from Athens-Clarke County, Caitlin!
02/21/2020

Congrats to our 2nd place winner from Athens-Clarke County, Caitlin!

Congrats to our 3rd place winner from Gwinnett, Emi!
02/18/2020

Congrats to our 3rd place winner from Gwinnett, Emi!

This weekend we took part in a SciREN networking event, where we had the opportunity to share lesson plans on radon and ...
01/27/2020

This weekend we took part in a SciREN networking event, where we had the opportunity to share lesson plans on radon and healthy homes with teachers in the community. Thanks to all the teachers and researchers who made this event great!

@UGA with #SciREN and it’s a goldmine of teacher resources.

-Ready-to-go lesson plans aligned with GSE.
-Complete unit kits including lesson plans and manipulatives.
-Baby alligators!
-Sustainable gardening complete with a full-time, in-house gardening coordinator.
-AP Environmental unit on pathogenic pollution.

Athens Forest Kindergarten EcoReach Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs from the Geosphere Grow It Know It The Georgia Museum of Art University of North Georgia Oconee University of Georgia Environmental Health & Safety UGA Radon Program

Did you know that the best time to test your home for radon is during the winter?
01/17/2020
Lung cancer survivor warns others of the dangers of radon

Did you know that the best time to test your home for radon is during the winter?

Six years ago, a nagging chest pain sent Licking County resident and busy mother of three, Annie Cacciato to the doctor. "If I sneezed or coughed I had a sharp pain," Cacciato said. After a few more tests, that pain turned out to be stage four lung cancer. Doctors told her family to get preparations...

01/09/2020
UGA Extension Pike County

Thanks to UGA Extension Pike County for streaming the program on radon in air and water on Tuesday. Check out the presentation here.

Exposure to radon in your home can lead to lung cancer. The first step to reducing radon exposure is to test your home. ...
01/02/2020
Radon second-leading cause of lung cancer

Exposure to radon in your home can lead to lung cancer. The first step to reducing radon exposure is to test your home. During the month of January, Georgia residents can order a kit at www.UGAradon.org. Use the code NRAM2020 to receive $5 off.

ATHENS — Radon, an odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers — and

Great read from Georgia Health News on radon risk in Georgia
12/17/2019
Invisible killer: Spreading the word about radon cancer risk

Great read from Georgia Health News on radon risk in Georgia

Driving through Winder, you can see the hallmarks of many Southern towns dotting the landscape. There are train tracks bisecting the middle of downtown. There’s the historic courthouse, with its clock tower shining in the sun. And there’s the water tower, bearing an image of the local high schoo...

Our program is a partner in conducting four free webinars in January 2020 from the following speakers:Dr. Jonathan Samet...
11/26/2019
2020 Radon Webinar Registration

Our program is a partner in conducting four free webinars in January 2020 from the following speakers:

Dr. Jonathan Samet (Radon: A Primer for Everyone)
Dr. Bill Field (Radon Resources for Health Care Providers)
Dallas Jones (ANSI Standards Now Available for Free)
Evan Kan (Elevated Radionuclides in Private Wells)

Each webinar will last approximate 30 minutes. Click the link to register and secure your spot before registration fills up!

https://forms.gle/jpJbmDkRFMxK98h67

Today is Marie Curie's birthday and European Radon Day. The #EuropeanRadonAssociation  has developed a poster with 10 ti...
11/07/2019
European Radon Day

Today is Marie Curie's birthday and European Radon Day. The #EuropeanRadonAssociation has developed a poster with 10 tips for effective radon control. It's available in several languages.

Heed the warning and test your home for radon
10/29/2019
American Lung Association

Heed the warning and test your home for radon

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and it could be lurking in your home. National Indoor Air Quality Month is a great reminder to test your home for this invisible risk: http://bit.ly/2O3irkd

10/11/2019

Did you know that humans are not the only ones susceptible to radon's harmful effects? Radon can also cause lung cancer in pets.

It is good to have a certified professional test a house before you purchase it. There is lots of helpful information on...
10/05/2019
Healthy Indoors Magazine - HI Sept 2019

It is good to have a certified professional test a house before you purchase it. There is lots of helpful information on radon and buying a home starting on page 15.

Healthy Indoors Magazine

09/20/2019

Did you know that because children have a higher respiratory rate than adults, radon can have a greater impact on their lungs? This is why it is important to test both homes and schools for radon

Did you know that Georgia schools are also not required to test for radon?https://www.wpxi.com/news/back-to-school/penns...
08/20/2019
PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS RADON TESTING: Pennsylvania schools are not required to test for radon

Did you know that Georgia schools are also not required to test for radon?

https://www.wpxi.com/news/back-to-school/pennsylvania-schools-are-not-required-to-test-for-radon/977175147

Our area and elsewhere in Pennsylvania see an above-average level of radon exposure. Radon is a cancer-causing gas that's not required to be tested for where your child spends a quarter of their day - their classroom. 

It's time for the annual Georgia radon poster contest. Children between 9 and 14 can submit posters until November 8. Le...
07/26/2019
UGA Extension announces student radon poster contest

It's time for the annual Georgia radon poster contest. Children between 9 and 14 can submit posters until November 8. Learn more at www.ugaradon.org. Help us promote the contest. It is a great way for educators and families to learn more about radon.

Radon, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but it can be detected and mitigated with the help of local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state.

UGA Radon Program's cover photo
07/23/2019

UGA Radon Program's cover photo

Finding easy and inexpensive ways to screen patients for lung cancer could help doctors catch the disease much earlierht...
06/26/2019
Dogs Detecting Lung Cancer With 97% Accuracy May Spell the End of Expensive Screening Methods

Finding easy and inexpensive ways to screen patients for lung cancer could help doctors catch the disease much earlier

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dogs-detect-lung-cancer-with-97-percent-accuracy/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=20-06-2019

Researchers are delighted to report that three specially-trained beagles were able to sniff out malignant lung cancer tumors with 97% accuracy.

New study finds correlation between high radon concentrations and homes proximate to hydraulic fracturing.
06/20/2019
Impact of the Hydraulic Fracturing on Indoor Radon Concentrations in Ohio: A Multilevel Modeling Approach

New study finds correlation between high radon concentrations and homes proximate to hydraulic fracturing.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Extant research that has reported that fracking activity increases the radon levels. ‘Fracking’ also known as hydraulic fracturing, which is ...

"The prevalence of lung cancer in people who have never smoked is more common than many realize—and it’s on the rise, de...
06/13/2019
Non-smokers are at increasing risk for lung cancer

"The prevalence of lung cancer in people who have never smoked is more common than many realize—and it’s on the rise, despite declining rates of smoking. The relative proportion, absolute number, and rates of lung cancers are all increasing in never-smokers. However, because lung cancer is traditionally associated with smoking, the risk in never-smokers remains largely underrecognized and underdiagnosed. In fact, among the number of Americans to be newly diagnosed with lung cancer this year, up to 15% have never smoked."

Never-smokers are an overlooked population at increasing risk for lung cancer.

05/31/2019

Did you know that radium, the precursor for radon, has a half life of 1600 years? Radon decays much faster, with a half life of 3.8 days.

05/23/2019

In most homes, less than 1% of indoor air comes from the soil gas under the home. However, In some houses, as much as 20% of the indoor air can can come from the soil. This can lead to elevated levels of radon in the home.

Radon can be found in elevated levels in any type of building, including schools, workplaces, and homes. It's important ...
05/14/2019
Woman with terminal lung cancer wants all schools tested for radon

Radon can be found in elevated levels in any type of building, including schools, workplaces, and homes. It's important to test all buildings for radon gas.

A Central Ohio woman now fighting the odds said she's going to take the time she has left to fight for the safety of children. Annie Cacciato wants all Ohio schools to test for the cancer-causing gas radon. "In my professional opinion as an advocate and real person with stage 4 lung cancer, that (sp...

05/11/2019
Radon Can Lead to Lung Cancer

Radon is a health hazard with a simple solution. Learn more about testing your home for radon gas @ www.ugaradon.org.

Exposure to radon gas in your home can result in lung cancer. Any type of house can have a high radon level.The only way to know if you have radon is to test...

Thanks to UGA Cobb Extension for hosting a great radon class yesterday! Let us know if you have a community group intere...
02/20/2019

Thanks to UGA Cobb Extension for hosting a great radon class yesterday! Let us know if you have a community group interested in learning about radon.

01/31/2019

Today may be the last day of National Radon Action Month, but you can take steps all year long to ensure the health of your home. Over 21,000 American's die every year. Don’t wait to Test, Fix and Save a Life from radon.

Informative interview showing how radon can cause lung cancer in anyone who is exposed. Radon is the leading cause of lu...
01/29/2019
Former Olympic hockey player on how she developed lung cancer from the radon levels in her home

Informative interview showing how radon can cause lung cancer in anyone who is exposed. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers #NRAM2019

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5995448165001/#sp=show-clips

Research shows radon, an odorless gas that can seep into your home, is associated with lung cancer. 33-year-old Olympian Rachael Malmberg shares her story and awareness on how the high levels of radon in her family homes caused her to develop stage 4 lung cancer.

Radon resistant new construction is inexpensive and much easier than installing a mitigation system after a home is buil...
01/23/2019

Radon resistant new construction is inexpensive and much easier than installing a mitigation system after a home is built.

Congrats to our Georgia radon poster contest finalists who got to meet Governor Deal earlier this week!
01/11/2019
Clarke and Oconee County students take top awards in UGA radon poster contest

Congrats to our Georgia radon poster contest finalists who got to meet Governor Deal earlier this week!

Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three students from northeast Georgia for their efforts to spread the word about the dangers of radon as part of the 2019 University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.

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Why is radon a problem? Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the USA, after tobacco smoke. It kills over 21,000 people each year, more than 800 of them in Georgia. Smokers are at an even higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than nonsmokers by 7%.

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