Radon Coalition

The purpose of the Radon Coalition is to work collaboratively to address radon induced lung cancer in Kentucky. The radon coalition advises the larger coalition in the areas of outreach, education and policy. Through increasing knowledge about radon testing, radon mitigation and radon resistant buildings the team aims to decrease radon induced mortality.

The team works to educate the community, healthcare professionals, builders, realtors, policy makers and others on the dangers of radon and how to prevent radon induced lung cancer. The group is currently working on revising the radon section of the Cancer Action Plan. The updated section will address collecting baseline data, tracking of the regulation requiring certification of radon measurement and mitigation consultants, outreach, education as well as policy, systems and environmental change.

Radon is a human carcinogen that derives from the naturally-occurring breakdown of uranium. Exposure to radon is associated with an estimated 15,400 to 21,800 cases in United States each year. It is estimated that between 3-14% of the total lung cancer cases are linked to radon. Radon enters homes and other buildings through cracks in foundations, as well as sump pumps and other drainage systems. Problems occur when radon enters the structure, becoming trapped in the indoor air environment. Most radon-induced lung cancers are thought to be associated with low to moderate radon concentrations. Exposure to both tobacco smoke and radon gas multiplies one's chances of developing lung cancer. There are more radon-related lung cancers in persons with a history of smoking.

- from RADON: What the Public and Policy Makers Need to Know, by American Lung Association in Kentucky, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Clean Indoor Air Partnership, Kentucky State Radon Program, Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals, Northern Kentucky Radon Coalition

From the Kentucky Cancer Action Plan:

Goal 3: Reduce incidence and mortality of cancers related to environmental carcinogens.

OBJECTIVE 3.1: By 2016, increase the percentage of buildings that are remediated due to radon levels exceeding the U.S. EPA action guideline of 4 pCi/L. (Developmental baseline: Kentucky Radon Program)

Strategies

  • Work with existing agencies and organizations to determine the number of existing homes with elevated radon levels that have undergone mitigation, and newly built homes with radon-resistant new construction features.
  • Support implementation and enforcement of new statute (2011) regulating use of certified radon contractors in home mitigation.
  • Support the Kentucky Radon Program in their efforts to increase public awareness of the potential dangers of high radon levels in homes and workplaces.
  • Support efforts to educate health care pro¬viders as to radon-induced cancer risk.
  • Support efforts to incentivize radon miti¬gation retrofitting of existing housing.
  • Encourage building code changes/enforce¬ment to require radon reduction venting in new construction.
  • Encourage schools, daycare centers and workplaces to test for radon at regular intervals.
  • Request that the State Board of Education use radon resistant new construction in new schools.
  • Encourage Kentuckians to test their home for radon through short-term free kits available through the Kentucky Radon Program.
  • Collaborate with real estate firms to test for radon early in the selling process.
  • Encourage the dispensing of radon infor¬mation as part of the property transfer process.

Kentucky Cancer Consortium Member Organizations working on Environmental Carcinogens Efforts:

Organization Name Contact Name
Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals Kyle Hoylman
Kentucky Radon Program Clay Hardwick

Resources

News

Colorectal Cancer in Kentucky Factsheet

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium and their partners have developed a factsheet highlighting the state's progress to increase colorectal cancer screening rates and reduce mortality for this preventable, treatable disease. The new two-page snapshot outlines the impact of colorectal cancer in Kentucky and shares both continuing challenges as well as opportunities for collective action.

Presentations for Your Next Events

Utilize this PowerPoint presentation at your next health education event, or print this postcard sentiment in your local media, thanking health care providers and community champions for their efforts in increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in Kentucky.

HPV and Cancer Webinar

KCC hosted a webinar in January 2018 on "HPV and Cancer", with Dr. Emily Messerli from the University of Kentucky's College of Nursing. Listen to the archived presentation here.

Tobacco Treatment in Kentucky: Best Practices Webinar

On January, 24, 2018, KCC hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Audrey Darville who provided an overview of the latest best practices for tobacco treatment, information about the BREATHE online Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training opportunity and some policy recommendations. Click here to watch the recording.

KCC Summits

KCC and their partners hosted two Summits in 2017. The Kentucky Cancer Summit was held in March in Louisville. Download presentations and resources from the Summit here. The "Kentucky Cancer Summit - Fall Lung Workshop" was held in October in Frankfort. Download presentations from that statewide event here.

KCC's Lung Cancer Communication Toolkit

Check out the KCC Lung Cancer Network's Communication Toolkit released on November 3, 2017. Please use it within your organizations and share it with your partners.

Tools for Caregivers

KCC's ACA and Cancer Team has recently developed new tools that are designed to support caregivers of those with cancer in finding answers on where to get help in paying for cancer treatment and care for their loved ones.

Kentucky "State of the State" Cancer Control Data Webinar

The Burden of Cancer in Kentucky (2000 - 2013)

ACA and Cancer New and Updated Documents

ACA y Cáncer Versión Pública Detallada en Español - Updated November 10, 2016
ACA y Cáncer Versión Pública Básica en Español - Updated November 10, 2016
ACA and Cancer Español (Spanish) - Updated November 10, 2016
ACA and Cancer Basic Public Version - Updated November 10, 2016
ACA and Cancer Detailed Public Version - Updated November 10, 2016
ACA and Cancer Health Professionals Version - Updated November 10, 2016

Pathfinders: The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP)

BOTH KCP-East & KCP-West-has launched an easy-to-use online tool with the capacity to search for cancer resources in local communities, counties, the state, & across the nation. For more information about Pathfinder and the Kentucky Cancer Program visit Kentucky Cancer Program, or contact the KCP Regional Cancer Control Specialist serving that area.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, Excess Weight/Obesity and Cancer Risk

Foundation Aims to Fund Cancer Services

The Kentucky Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to ensure that all Kentucky citizens have access to life-saving preventative and early detection cancer services, regardless of their financial situation. Their work supports the priorities of the Kentucky Cancer Action Plan and Resource Plan.