The Canadian Cancer Society has initiated a radon detection program on Vancouver Island. One of the three communities that has been selected is Gordon Head.
Radon, produced through the decay of uranium, is a naturally occurring gas whose presence is not detectable through smell, taste or sight. But this same gas is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking and it can build up in homes where naturally occurring radon is present. The good news is that if radon is detected, all homes can be fixed.
As noted by the Canadian Cancer Society in their information package:
Geological maps of uranium deposits demonstrate there is potential for elevated radon levels on Vancouver Island, although limited residential testing has been completed. The Canadian Cancer Society wants to identify radon levels to determine if there is a need for further testing, community education, action, or policy.
If you own a single detached home in the Gordon Head area and would like to participate for free in the Canadian Cancer Society’s research endeavour, please find instructions their information package.