OSLO, Norway, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- There are epidemiological evidences that indoor radon exposure is responsible for a substantial number of lung cancers in the general population. In the US alone, more than 20 thousand people die yearly from radon. About 8 million homes throughout the nation have elevated levels of radon in indoor air.
It is estimated that up to 14% of lung cancers are attributed to radon gas radiation. Radon is the second cause of lung cancer after smoking. Analyses indicate that the lung cancer risk increases proportionally with increasing radon exposure. As many people are exposed to low and moderate radon concentrations, the majority of lung cancers related to radon are caused by these radon exposure levels. This indicates that in countries where radon is found, most buildings should be monitored for radon as part of general preventive health care.
In most fields, technology has for long moved from the analogue to the digital age. Not so when it comes to radon gas monitoring technology. The traditional technology – track edge film – is still the most prevalent in the market. Many countries now demand more appropriate technologies for continuous radon monitoring in homes. This has inspired the Norwegian company Corentium AS to develop accurate and affordable digital monitoring devices. The development of the monitor 'Corentium model QRI' (http://www.corentium.com/us) is largely a response to the 2009 UN World Health Organization report 'WHO handbook on indoor radon. A public health perspective' which provided detailed recommendations on reducing health risks from radon gas.
The 'Corentium' enables homeowners to continuously monitor the indoor radon concentration– making radon gas diagnostics much easier. The 'Corentium' monitor gives the possibility to read short term average values for 1 day and 7 days, and the long term average up to a year. The Canary is also ideal for a fast disclose of the effect of mitigation done by the homeowners themselves. That brings the solutions closer to the homeowners - increasing awareness and reducing costs.
The 'Corentium model QRI' will soon be available through US resellers. To learn more about 'Corentium', visit http://www.corentium.com/us
About Corentium AS:
The company Corentium AS was established in 2008, and is based in Oslo, Norway. Corentium AS is researching, developing and manufacturing technology for radiation monitoring. Corentium AS researchers and developers have background from CERN in Geneva, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo.
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