first place winner, Chiara and her teacher 

Students Win Honors in Statewide Radon Poster Contest

Students from Boulder, Littleton, and Fort Collins took top honors in this year’s statewide Radon Poster Contest to raise awareness of health risks associated with radon gas. More than 250 students across Colorado participated in the contest. The top three Colorado posters will be entered in a national contest sponsored by the National Radon Program Services in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

First PlaceFirst Place Poster 2013

First place was awarded to Chiara Calcao from Boulder. Her poster, “Child Saver” featured an artfully drawn child with a "save this child" message. Chiara is a student of Dawn Deming at Manhattan Middle School in Boulder.

“The state health department joins Chiara in urging Coloradans to test their homes for radon,” said Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). “It’s easy to do, and it’s the only sure way to tell whether or not your home is affected by radon, which occurs naturally in the soil.”

More information regarding the national contest can be found at www.sosradon.org.

Second and Third Place

Sara Barker from Littleton received second place and Sivani Badrivenkata from Fort Collins received third place.

Radon Health Effects

  • Long-term exposure to radon - a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas - is the most frequent cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Exposure to radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year.
  • If considered independently from tobacco smoking, environmentally and occupationally-related causes of lung cancer are among the top ten causes of cancer mortality in the United States.

Lung Cancer Facts

  • Anyone can get lung cancer.
  • Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancer combined.
  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is just 16% - a rate that has changed very little since the 1970s.
  • Nearly 60% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are people who never smoked or are former smokers.
  • Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the number one cancer killer for women in 1987.

Test Your Home

January is National Radon Action Month. It is an ideal time to test your home.

Purchase Short-Term Radon Test Kits for $15 At

The ReSource Tool Library

6400 Arapahoe Street
Boulder, CO 80303
303-419-5418

CSU Extension Office

9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501
303-678-6238

Long-Term Test Kits

Long-term test kits are available for $25 at www.sosradon.org.

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