The Madison County Health Department is joining a state-wide initiative by encouraging county residents to perform radon testing in their homes. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that occurs naturally in soil. Officials say it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for over 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Amy Yeager, Public Information Officer for the Madison County Health Department says Illinois tends to have high radon levels across the state. She says the testing process is really simple.
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The MCHD is offering low-cost radon test kits to those who are interested in testing their homes. The cost of the kit is $5 and includes all testing fess and prepaid postage to mail the kit for your results. Yeager says testing must be done on the lowest level of home that is frequently occupied. For more information you can contact the MCHD by calling 692-8954 extension 3.