Massachusetts Medical Society: Radon Exposure and Health Risks

Radon Exposure and Health Risks

Radon Exposure and Health Risks

The US EPA estimates that 21,000 radon-related deaths occur annually in the United States. In Massachusetts, radon, a colorless, odorless, tasteless and radioactive gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is important to understand that health risks can be reduced with testing and radon mitigation. This online CME course focuses on how healthcare providers can play an integral role in providing education and directing their patients to available resources.

Cory J. Holmes, RMS 
Cory Holmes is a Certified Radon Measurement Specialist and Assistant Director of the Indoor Air Quality Program for the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Intended Audience
Primary Care Physicians and other allied health professionals

Course Objectives

  • Describe the link between radon exposure and lung cancer risk
  • Educate patients on radon risks and mitigation
  • Explain elevated risk of lung cancer due to smoking status combined with radon exposure
  • Direct patients to available resources

This webinar was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement 1 NU58DP006271-01-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC. 

Course Fees
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member: Free
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: Free
Non-Members Resident/Student: Free
Allied Health Professional/Other: Free

Format & Estimated Time to Complete
Slides and Audio (30 minutes)  

Accreditation and Credit Information
Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this activity has met the requirements as a Lifelong Learning CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 0.50 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Exam/Assessment: A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term
Original Release Date: January 7, 2022
Review Date (s): N/A
Termination Date: January 7, 2025

Course Developers, Reviewers & Web Producer:
Mary Jo S. Farmer, MD, PhD, Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Services, Baystate Health
Kathleen J. Haley, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
Sharon Lee, Program Manager, Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Liza Martin, Manager, Joint Providership Program, NEJM Group Education
Melanie Steeves, MPH, Director, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Thelma Tatten, Web Content Production Specialist, NEJM Group Education

System Requirements

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

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Firefox 18.0+
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Safari 12+

iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)

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