Raleigh, NC, January 13, 2020 – The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCI) has awarded an Access Grant to Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT). The $10,000 access grant will support RTT’s efforts to install radon mitigation systems in the homes of low-income homeowners in eastern Wake County, NC through December 31, 2020.
Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in NC and across the US, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is formed when uranium decays in the soil. Radon is in geological formations throughout NC, and some homes in eastern Wake County are experiencing high levels. Partnered with the Wake County Government and the NC Department of Human Services (NC DHHS), RTT’s mitigation systems will work to reduce the level of radon in homes to improve household environments for families and individuals.
“We are so grateful for the investment of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and for the opportunity to support our neighbors in Wake County dealing with elevated levels of radon in their homes,” said Dan Sargent, executive director of RTT. “We are also thrilled to partner with Wake County and the NC Department of Health and Human Services, with whom we share a desire to improve the safety of homes for individuals and families in need across our community.”
Nearly one in 15 homes across the US is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Each year, more than 22,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer. Every home in NC is prone to having a level of radon gas, and the NC DHHS’ NC Radon Program recommends that all homes be tested. This includes apartments, mobile homes, homes with basements and homes without basements.
“The access grant program supports community partners in improving access for uninsured or underinsured individuals to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical research, comprehensive biomarker testing and precision medicine,” said Jenni Danai, director of programs at Lung Cancer Initiative. “We’re pleased to award this grant to RTT to reduce radon exposure for households across Wake County and also hope to raise awareness about the importance of radon testing through this effort.”
January is Radon Action Month, which aims to raise awareness of the harms of radon in homes and encourage homeowners to check for elevated radon levels. Testing your home for radon is as simple as opening a package, placing a radon detector in a designated area and after the prescribed number of days (usually two to seven days), sealing the detector back in the package and mailing it to a lab for evaluation. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measurement of radioactivity. The U.S. EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that homes with radon levels at or above four pCi/L be repaired to reduce the amount of radon entering the indoor air. To receive a free radon testing kit, go to www.NCRadon.org.
The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina awards up to three $10,000 access grants annually to assist institutions in improving access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, comprehensive biomarker testing or precision medicine for uninsured or underinsured individuals. Learn more.
About Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina. For more information, or to get involved, please visit us at www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.
For more information, contact Paige Humble, Executive Director of Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, at phumble@LungCancerInitiativeNC.org or (919) 784-0410
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