Risk communication on the health effects of radon encounters many challenges and requires a variety of risk communication strategies and approaches. The concern over radon exposure and its health effects may vary according to people’s level of knowledge and receptivity. Homeowners in radon-prone areas are usually more informed and have greater concern over those not living in radon-prone areas. The latter group is often found to be resistant to testing.
Although elevated radon levels in the home are a known cause of lung cancer and public outreach efforts promote radon testing and mitigation when unsafe levels are found, radon data are not standardized among states. This presentation shares the results of a collaborative feasibility study for a publicly accessible database that would standardize state and local radon data sources into a nationally consistent radon information resource. Could a national tracking database drive targeted public health actions in your geographic area?