Have you asked your patient about radon?
Lung cancer can be preventable. It is the responsibility of health care provider to communicate the risks of high radon levels and ensure the health of the patient.
In order to educate patients and gain an understanding on how much they know about radon, ask the following questions:
- Have you tested your home for radon?
- If No: Encourage your patient to purchase a test kit or hire a certified radon professional. Information on where to buy a test kit can be found on the page titled “Test Your Home”.
- If Yes: Ask the patient the following two questions.
- Was the radon test result in your home 4.0 pCi/L or greater?
- If No: Recommend to your patient that he or she test their home periodically and after any major home renovation.
- If Yes: Recommend to your patient that he or she call a certified radon professional to mitigate the home OR recommend to test the home again, then ask the next question.
- Have you taken any steps to reduce your home’s radon level?
- If No: Recommend action and remind the patient of risk of lung cancer from radon exposure.
- If Yes: Remind the patient that he or she should continue to test their home every two years.
The above information was provided by Reducing the Risk from Radon: Information and Interventions © 2014 RadonLeaders.org
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