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Radon leaks in home cause 1,000 deaths a year

7th January 2009

A study has claimed that more than 1,000 people die in the UK each year from lung cancer caused by the radioactive gas radon in their homes.

But the findings of the Oxford University research, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest that this could be cut by installing a simple device to prevent naturally occurring radon in all new homes. Present government policy is to concentrate on searching for homes with high levels of radon and encouraging homeowners to take remedial action at their own expense.

 

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