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Cancer rates in US by state and Radon Levels

I was curious to see where in America we may have a highest rate of cancer patients with leukemia, specifically. My spouse died from leukemia in 2019. I was surprised to see, that California was ranked almost last on this list as 46/47 sharing the place with Colorado,

Leukemia rates are on the rise in following states (in respected order): Minnesota, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, New Jersey, Utah, Connecticut, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Oregon.

Sadly, 6 states are showing general cancer rates are on the rise, based on multiple anatomical sites: Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Arkansas, Ohio and Nebraska.

Growing up during post Chernobyl (I was 11 in 1986) I remember, that beside DNA predisposition, leukemia is mostly related to environment factors. Such as excessive exposure to the radioisotopes, as the most common. So, I began with Minnesota. Why would it have the highest raising leukemia and general cancer rates?

"Minnesota has unusually high radon levels due to its unique geology and cold climate. The average radon level in Minnesota is more than three times higher than the U.S. radon level: 4.2 pCi/L (picocuries of radon per liter of air) compared to 1.3 pCi/L."

"According to the EPA, the entire state of Iowa is considered at high risk for radon gas in homes. High levels of radon can be found in any type of home, so it is important for everyone to test their home."

"There are many areas throughout Idaho that have high levels of radon; about 2 out of 5 homes that have been tested in the state have levels above 4.0 pCi/L.

We can safely assume the rest of the states on this list may poses the same problem Radon Exposed Real Estate. I looked up the laws when it comes to Radon exposure and this is what I found out:

"Does the Seller Have to Test for Radon? If Radon Is Detected, Who Is Responsible for Its Mitigation?

In most jurisdictions, the real-estate contract has a check box for radon, similar to checking if the property has lead paint. It is the seller's obligation to inform the buyer of any presence of radon. In most cases, the seller is usually the one to take care of testing and mitigating. Each state has different processes for who can conduct radon tests. For example, in Illinois, the tester and the mitigator have to be different. The inspector can do it, but it's not usually their responsibility to test for radon. Refer to the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) on state guidelines for testing." READ MORE

I decided to research further as check Russian radon elevated ares and their statistics on cancer rates. Ironically, they listed the opposite results for high average indoor radon concentration, with only the peak of cancer elevated rates between 1951 and 1965. Altain Region. The most most beautiful nature filled area on the entire Russian Federation.

"The average indoor radon concentration in Russia is 48 Bq/m3, but levels can range from 20 to 80 Bq/m3 in most regions. However, radon levels can vary significantly by region, with some areas having much higher levels: Altai Region. The annual average radon concentration in the Altaisky Krai and the Republic Altai ranges from 30–250 Bq·m−3, but some counties in the Republic Altai have mean values over 400 Bq·m−3. Radon-rich waters Radon levels in Russia's waters can reach over 8,000 Bq/l, and these waters can be found in the Altai, Karelia, St Petersburg, and Trans-Baikal regions." READ MORE

"The Altai Republic in the Siberian Federal District (SFD) has the lowest cancer mortality rate of all the territories in the SFD. The cancer incidence rate in the Altai Republic is also lower than average, ranking 11th out of 12 territories in the SFD. However, cancer mortality rates were high in the generations born between 1951 and 1965." READ MORE

Next, I looked at Chinese cancer and radiation statistic. Of cause not much of real data is available, but from the once that is available, what I concluded is, they tested effect of the spicy foods on colorectal and GI cancers and concluded: "In Chinese adults, higher spicy food consumption was associated with lower risks of certain GI cancers, particularly among individuals who never smoked or drank alcohol regularly. Key words: Spicy food, chilli peppers, gastrointestinal cancers, digestive cancers, prospective cohort studies." READ MORE

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