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Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon

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Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon

January 14, 2013

Expert: R. William Field, Ph.D.

Many homes in the United States harbor an invisible guest—radon. Exposure to this colorless, odorless gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In this podcast, we discuss the latest radon research and what you can do to protect your family.


R. William Field, Ph.D.

R. William Field, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Toxicology and Bioinformatics within the graduate college at the University of Iowa. His primary areas of interest include environmental and occupational epidemiology, as well as health informatics. His research focuses on improving exposure assessment methods for epidemiologic research to inform public health decisions and on developing updated and rigorous methods for performing large-scale epidemiologic studies. Field was awarded the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the university and the state of Iowa.

For More Information

EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Radon
Learn about radon risks, testing, and myths with this guide from the EPA.

NIEHS Radon Webpage
NIEHS’s hub of information on radon. Find ongoing studies, general information, Q&As, and more.

Radon in the Home
A basic overview of radon from the CDC.

From the EPA, explore information about radon specific to your location.

National Radon Program
Find hotlines, FAQs, and other resources on this website from Kansas State University.

Radon Fact Sheet
Learn about the cancer risks of radon exposure with this fact sheet from the National Cancer Institute.

Breathing Easier
A resource on radon for physicians developed by the University of Iowa’s NIEHS Center of Excellence.

University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Research Center
Read about the research and outreach activities of  Field and his colleagues on the website of the University of Iowa’s NIEHS Center of Excellence.


Field RW (2011). “Radon: An Overview of Health Effects.” Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, volume 4, In: Nriagu JO (ed.) Burlington: Elsevier, pp.745-753.

Field RW, Withers BL. Occupational and Environmental Causes of Lung Cancer, Clinics in Chest Medicine, December, 2012.

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