About 2 in 5 homes have dangerous levels of radon; every home should be tested.
Radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths in the United States 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. To help residents get a more accurate picture of radon levels in Carlton County, the Minnesota Department of Health launched an interactive map tool, available at https://mndatamaps.web.health.state.mn.us/interactive/radontract.html.
You can purchase at home radon test kits for $2.00 at the Carlton County Public Health and Human Services Building (14 11th St. Cloquet, MN 55720). Test kits are also available at many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. A list of participating health agencies and test kit vendors and information can be found on the MDH website.
Radon and lung cancer video.