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Phoebe Tung
Phoebe Tung

Regional Radiation Specialist for Health Canada, Ontario

Radon gas – It’s In Your Home

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces like homes, it can accumulate to high levels. Exposure to high radon levels in homes is the #1 cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

In this presentation, Health Canada will be providing an introduction to radon in buildings, its health effect and why it is important to conduct radon testing. Radon prevention and mitigation strategies for new and existing buildings will also be shared along with Health Canada resources.

“Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon-induced lung cancer is preventable. Increased knowledge of radon in the building and design industry can play a significant role in reducing radon exposure for Canadians”

Phoebe Tung is the Regional Radiation Specialist for Health Canada in Ontario. Under the National Radon Program, Phoebe is committed to increasing awareness of radon, its health risks, and encouraging action through testing and mitigation. Phoebe actively participates in outreach activities engaging the public, government and industry on radon and radon-related projects. Prior to working at Health Canada, Phoebe was a Research Assistant in the Hazardous Air Pollutants Laboratory at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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