Task force aims to reduce 200 deaths from radon gas
Published 25/11/2011 | 05:00
A TASK force has finally been set up in an attempt to reduce the 200 annual cancer deaths caused by the 'silent killer' radon gas, writes Treacy Hogan.
Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to about 200 deaths each year.
The development of a national radon control strategy for Ireland was recommended in a joint report by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) and the HSE.
Most of the 200 people who die from radon-related lung cancer every year have just "modest" levels of the odourless gas in their homes, it showed.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan yesterday announced the establishment of an inter-agency group to devise a plan to reduce the number of cases of lung cancer from the gas.