The following is taken from Radon.com.
Every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon each year in the U.S.
Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable, by testing homes and fixing radon problems. More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas and MDH states every home should be tested. Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-5 days. January is National Radon Awareness Month – a perfect time to test your home.
More specific radon-related information can be found at the MDH Radon Webpage.
MDH has partnered with Air Chek and local public health departments to make test kits available to local residents at low or no cost.
A list of participating health agencies can be found here.