Granville woman battles lung cancer caused by radon

Purchase PhotoAnnie Cacciato flips by way of a guide of photographs of her and her three daughters and husband. Cacciato was identified with stage four lung most cancers as a consequence of radon poisoning and has been residing with the illness ever since. January is Radon Motion Month, and Cacciato is hoping folks will take discover and get their properties examined.(Photograph: Jessica Phelps/The Advocate)Purchase PhotoGRANVILLE – Annie Cacciato knew the risks of radon.She had her house examined and put in a mitigation system when the outcomes confirmed excessive ranges. When her household moved to a distinct house, Cacciato had that house examined.However she by no means thought to check her office.”Folks don’t perceive the hazard that’s occurring proper earlier than their eyes. I feel all of us assume that whether or not be the personal sector or our authorities, that now we have a protected surroundings,” she mentioned. “We’ve a life-threatening hazard you can’t see.”Cacciato was identified with stage 4 lung most cancers in November 2013 after she mentioned she was uncovered to excessive radon ranges the place she labored in Granville. She remains to be present process remedy.Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gasoline that is harmlessly dispersed in out of doors air. However when it’s trapped in buildings, it may be dangerous at elevated ranges.Radon is the primary explanation for lung most cancers amongst non-smokers, in keeping with the Environmental Safety Company. Traditionally, Licking County has the best radon ranges within the state. Radon check outcomes present almost three out of 4 properties in Licking County have radon ranges above the EPA motion degree of four.zero picoCuries/liter (four pCi/l) of air, in keeping with the county well being division.Within the years since her prognosis, Cacciato has turn out to be very captivated with educating others on the risks of radon. She lately accomplished the schooling required by the state to be licensed in radon testing.If radon ranges are excessive in areas the place an individual spends an incredible deal of time, equivalent to their house, faculty or office, that’s when they’re in essentially the most hazard, Cacciato mentioned.”All publicity is unhealthy, however your well being dangers go up and up as they’re extended,” she mentioned.Cacciato mentioned if folks have a residing space of their basement, equivalent to an workplace, bed room or kids’s playroom, they need to check their house.Radon exams kits can be found without cost to Licking County residents from the Licking County Well being Division by way of a federal matching grant, mentioned Olivia Biggs, a division spokeswoman.The grant, by way of the Ohio Division of Well being, additionally serves residents in Morrow, Knox, Delaware, Fairfield, Perry, Muskingum, Coshocton, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Stark, Carroll, Harrison, Belmont, Jefferson, and Columbiana counties.   Householders can fill out a web-based software for the check package by visiting the radon part of the well being division’s web site and the package arrives within the mail, Biggs mentioned. “The radon check package is straightforward to make use of,” she mentioned. “They’ve written directions in order that it’s simple to know in order that the home-owner feels assured utilizing it.”The home-owner then sends the package to the state well being division for testing.Biggs mentioned folks ought to check their house each three to 5 years.Cacciato mentioned simply because a house has low radon ranges, it does not imply the degrees will all the time stay low. As soon as the extent is excessive, it won’t lower with out a mitigation system.Householders can get one free package from the well being division yearly, Biggs mentioned.If a house does present excessive radon ranges, Biggs mentioned the well being division lets the householders know the place they will discover a certified radon service skilled to put in a mitigation system to make their house protected.January is Radon Motion Month and Cacciato is attempting to create consciousness concerning the preventable most cancers by telling her story.”I don’t need this to occur to anyone else,” she mentioned. “If we may help one household or one particular person perceive the dangers which are happening that will be nice.”mdevito@gannett.com740-328-8513Twitter: @MariaDeVito13Learn or Share this story: http://ohne.ws/2DtfXum

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