By Joseph Loiero, CBC News Posted: Jun 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014 9:59 AM ET
Excerpt: Widower takes up the radon battle: Dana Schmidt would like to see more being done to prevent Canadians from being exposed to radon. Schmidt lost his wife Donna to lung cancer in 2009. She died within three months of her diagnosis. She had been a smoker, but quit 20 years prior to contracting the disease. She had been active and healthy, so when Schmidt found out she had lung cancer it took him by surprise. He began to look for other answers.
"I was looking through the literature and the word lung cancer and radon popped up."
Health Canada recommends that homes be tested for a minimum of three months, ideally in the fall or winter. The cost of radon testing is approximately $50 to $100. (Health Canada)
Schmidt tested their home in Castlegar, B.C., and found that it had radon levels almost double the guideline set by Health Canada. He and his wife had been living there for 15 years.
After his wife's passing, Schmidt became active in making sure as many people as possible know of the risks associated with radon. He set up the Donna Schmidt Memorial Lung Cancer Prevention Society and began sending out radon test kits to people in the surrounding area.
"It's about saving lives. It's also saving suffering…. We all can die sometime from something, but no one should have to die from what I saw. It's a terrible way to die."