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Helping Patients Plan for the Future – Don’t be Lax on Lung Cancer Latency

Every November is Radon Action Month in Canada. This year’s theme is ‘being here’ – emphasizing the long latency period of lung cancer and the need for Canadians to act now on the potential dangers of radon gas in their homes to prevent health complications in the future.

The adverse health effects of radon are not immediately noticeable, but there are reasons to be concerned. In Canadian non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer and nationwide, high-level radon exposure results in the deaths of 3,200 Canadians every year.

Radon gas can be found in hazardous quantities across Canada, and by encouraging your patients to test their homes you are helping them to invest in healthy futures for themselves and their loved ones. 

ABOVE VIDEO: Mike Holmes Jr. and his wife Lisa discuss why it is important for Canadians to test their homes for high levels of radon.

If you want to speak confidently to your patients about radon, you need to be well informed. From a health professional’s perspective, the best place to get started is with our free & certified program. You’ll learn about the health hazards associated with radon, and earn free CPD credits for completing the course[1]. We also have helpful resources that you can share with your patients. You can access them anytime here.

 The reality is that radon gas may not be front of mind for everyone, but this is why Health Canada has identified it as a potential adverse health risk for all Canadians. As Canada’s health professionals, we play a part in helping to educate our patients about the risk.


[1] This self-learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is certified by the McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Program for 1 Mainpro+ credit. It is also an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Additionally, it is approved by the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists for 1.0 CSRT CE/CPD credit