University of Calgary researchers say Albertans need to test their homes for radon gas to help prevent major potential health threats.

The “Evict Radon” campaign launched Tuesday calls on provincial residents to have their homes tested for the carcinogen, both to improve safety and bolster data collection.

Aaron Goodarzi and his team at the Cumming School of Medicine released a study earlier this year that found one in eight Calgary homes tested exceeded Health Canada’s acceptable radon levels.

“We’ve proven radon is prevalent throughout southern Alberta and in Calgary area homes. Now we want to expand our research to include all areas of the province,” Goodarzi, assistant professor in the departments of biochemistry & molecular biology and oncology, said in a news release.

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Radon is the second highest cause of lung cancer, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Evict Radon campaign sees Albertans purchase a radon testing kit through the U of C at a cost of $60. Participants take part in a survey to provide information about their homes.

Funding is provided through the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.

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U of C researchers sound alarm over radon levels in Calgary homes

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