The "Top Ten" Reasons Radon Is a Major Environmental Health Risk



Speaker:                     R. William Field, MS, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Occupational and Environmental Health

Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA



Level of Knowledge: Multi-Level



EPA estimates that prolonged residential radon exposure is responsible for over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. However, radon has many characteristics that reduce the perceived risk.  The talk focuses on the “Top Ten” reasons why radon is a major environmental health risk. The presentation is constructed so that attendees can download the presentation from the Web and modify it for use in public health outreach within their local communities.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the major reasons people should take action to reduce radon exposure
  2. Describe the scientific evidence supporting the fact that radon is a major environmental carcinogen
  3. Present a similar talk in your community using a modified version of the presentation slides, which are available on the Web for download at