January/February 2023: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
Volume 85, Number 6
The National Environmental Health Association strives to provide up-to-date and relevant information on environmental health and to build partnerships in the profession. In pursuit of these goals, we feature a column on environmental health services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in every issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.
In these columns, authors from the CDC Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, as well as guest authors, will share tools, resources, and guidance for environmental health practitioners. The conclusions of these columns are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC.
Radon Outreach: Helping People See an Invisible Risk
Caitlyn Lutfy, MPH, Radiation Studies Section, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Adela Salame-Alfie, PhD, Radiation Studies Section, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
M. Carol McCurley, Radiation Studies Section, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking. Lung cancer deaths attributable to radon are preventable through testing and mitigation. Yet there is a lack of awareness and understanding about radon, its risks, and how to prevent radon-associated lung cancer. This month’s column highlights some of the activities the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on to help build awareness and understanding, and to encourage preventative actions among the general public, as well as clinicians.