2016 – 2020 Colorado Cancer Plan INCLUDES RADON
by Terry Kerwin
21st September, 2018
All of the Colorado radon professionals were sent an email by Chrystine Kelley recently about the Biden Cancer Community Summit in Denver on Sept 21st. I know we all get WAY TOO MANY emails across the board, it’s difficult to keep up. Some go unread until the event has lapsed, at least in my inbox. This one peaked my interest, so I opened it, and something miraculous happened: I put it in my already congested calendar. I attended, along with Crystal Lytle, Aaron Trapp, and Dr. Leo Moorman, all of the Rocky Mountain AARST Chapter. Not a bad turn out for radon, I told myself.
I have been to a few other cancer and lung events, in my short tenure in this industry, where radon wasn’t even brought up. During an event given to explain the new low dose CT scan, a participate asked the Oncologist about other causes of lung cancer, other than smoking. Radon (was mumbled quickly) ….and a few other things. I was shocked. This event, it was different. This event gave me so much hope that this cause of lung cancer is finally being taken seriously in our Zone 1 state. Radon was mentioned in the discussion, not once but twice. Radon was on the chart that radiologist, Dr. Debra S. Dyer, MD, FACR displayed on the big screen in front of us all. FINALLY! But the best was yet to come.
The CDPHE put out a booklet for this event: 2016 – 2020 Colorado Cancer Plan: The Roadmap to Reducing the Burden of Cancer in Colorado. As we were going through the booklet, it talks about, “What You Can Do”. Furthermore, it breaks this down into the “who” can do it. Right there, under the “Health insurers and Policymakers can…”, I found “support policies that make it easy for Coloradoans to make healthy choices and to reduce their exposure to environmental carcinogens”. Radon IS an environmental carcinogen! Fast forward a few more pages into the “Prevention” section. “Goal #4: Objective 4.1: Increase knowledge and community infrastructure to decrease exposure to radon.” That was just the header. 2/3 of a page in the prevention section, followed by an article on the following page titled: “THE SILENT KILLER: RADON IN COLORADO”. Yes, it was titled in all caps! This publication made by the State of Colorado Dept. of Health & Environment, could be the segue way we are looking for to get the much-needed Awareness Act passed here in Colorado. It’s time to get a little mad about the fact that some people in this state still have no idea what radon is, nor that it’s dangerous. Where Is the outrage in the Colorado radon industry? Why haven’t we pursued this further? The time is now. It’s time to band together and get this done. If you would like a copy of the above referenced publication, please contact CDPHE at (303) 692-2000 or www.colorado.gov/cdphe.
Terry Kerwin – Reliant Radon Solutions
President – Rocky Mountain AARST Chapter