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By | February 9, 2009


This week, The Compass begins a multi-part series on Coping with Cancer.  For the series, I did some background work on carcinogens that are more of a concern to our area of the world. 

My research revealed that NE Wisconsin faces some risks from arsenic and radium in the water and radon in the air.

I knew a little bit about this because my house sits above one of the uranium veins that runs through the area and, when I bought the house, I discovered there was radon gas in my basement.  It was about 3 times the current safe limit of 4 pCi/L (pico-Curies per liter, a form of measuring radiation. I had a radon abatement system put in.

After doing my research, I was concerned enough about the risk to retest my house for radon. I bought a $10 kit at the local hardware store, put it out in the basement for four days, then sent it in to a lab.

Happily, the system is working and our radon level is well below 1 pCi/L.

Since radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, I would urge people in high risk areas of our state to buy a radon kit and test your house.

To find if you are in a risk area, check out the state Department of Health Services may at this link.



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