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Part 5: Radon!

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Recently, on a visit to McCall, Idaho, Claire and Maria purchased the local paper, which included an article about radon www.epa.gov and the Department of Environmental Quality www.oregon.gov program to offer a free test kit to Idaho residents. “Of course it caught my eye when it said that radon was the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking!” says Claire. “We knew there was radon in Idaho, but thought it would be found in more mountainous areas than in Boise.”

Claire purchased a kit, sent it in and anxiously awaited the results. The test came back with a radon level of 6.8 pCi/I. If the result is between 4 and 10, following up with another measurement is recommended. If the results are the same, it is suggested steps be taken to reduce the radon levels, such as improving ventilation.

“So we may have found the cause of this inexplicable diagnosis. It doesn’t really change or fix anything - except possibly the location of my office! Needless to say, for now, I've moved upstairs,” says Claire.

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