Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman in space, is warning Canadians about the dangers of radon gas in homes and its very serious links to lung cancer.
Bondar, a neurologist and medical consultant who spent a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, teamed up with Health Canada and the Canadian Lung Association as part of Radon Gas Awareness Month to alert Canadians about the dangers associated with radioactive radon gas.
Radon is a colourless, odourless and tasteless radioactive gas that forms during the breakdown of uranium in the environment. The gas, which is harmless when released in the air, poses a serious health risk to humans when inhaled indoors at high concentrations and has been found to be a direct cause of lung cancer.