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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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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