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Homeowners urged to test their homes for radon gas, as today marks European Radon Day

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Today marks European Radon Day, and the Environmental Protection Agency is urging homeowners to test their homes for the cancer-causing gas.

Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer in Ireland after smoking, and it’s estimated that some 250 cases of lung cancer each year are linked to radon exposure.

Radon has no colour, taste or smell, and the only way to detect radon levels in a house is to take a radon test, which costs about 50 euro.

A number of homes in Mayo, Galway and Sligo have recorded very high levels of radon, but the EPA is urging all homeowners to have their house tested.

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