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Region 7 Air Program

Serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and 9 Tribal Nations


Radon

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.

For more information on the Radon Progams in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, please contact the following agencies in your state or the EPA Region 7 Office in Kansas City.

Region 7 State Radon Contacts
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
1-800-383-5992

Kansas Department of Health & Environment
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 310
Topeka, Kansas 66612
1-800-693-5343

Missouri Department of Health
930 Wildwood
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
1-866-628-9891

Nebraska Health and Human Services System
301 Centennial Mall, South
PO Box 95007
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
1-800-334-9491

EPA Regional Contacts

Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Air Planning and Development Branch (AWMD/APBD)
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219

Bob Dye, 913-551-7605, or
Gina Grier, 913-551-7078

Toll-Free: 1-800-223-0425

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