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Hear new voices of radon-induced lung cancer survival woven throughout the Symposium. Be inspired by how three Keynote Speakers diagnosis and recovery shifted personal passions to an action planBe a part of their plan and take away new tools to increase radon testing and mitigation in your service area.  You will discover new directions for radon policy, emerging technical advances in measurement and mitigation, and cutting-edge radon science and research.  Visit  the  Trade Show featuring radon and business-related companies offering useful and interesting products and services.
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Tuesday, October 2 • 8:00am - 8:20am
Science & Research: Quantifying the Value of Geologic Radon Potential Maps and Lung Cancer Outcomes

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Quantifying the Value of Geologic Radon Potential Maps and Lung Cancer Outcomes
 Ellen J. Hahn , Carl Shapiro, Frank Casey, Amanda Wiggins, Bethany Overfield, Renee Fox, William M. Andrews, Jr., and Mary Kay Rayens
University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE, Lexington, KY
United States Geological Survey (USGS) Science and Decisions Center, Reston, VA
Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY
Ellen.Hahn@uky.edu
Abstract
Population scientists, radon hazard prevention staff, geologists from a land-grant university, and economists from the USGS Science & Decisions Center collaborated to quantify the societal benefits derived from creating and disseminating radon risk potential maps. These maps were overlain on observed short-term home radon values statewide spanning over 20 years (N > 70,000) and outcropping geologic rock formations in Kentucky. We used available data to analyze the economic benefits of the maps on radon testing, radon mitigation, lung cancer incidence, years of potential lives lost, and healthcare cost savings adjusting for smoking rates. USGS scientists are applying value of information (VOI) techniques to estimate the economic impacts associated with lung cancer for scenarios with and without access to the radon potential maps. Results will be presented. There is an urgent need to communicate the value of geologic maps related to population health outcomes in light of increasingly complex scientific issues. 

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Ellen Hahn

Alumni Professor, Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kentucky
Ellen J. Hahn is an Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington. She holds the Marcia A. Dake Endowed Professorship in the College of Nursing. Dr. Hahn is Deputy Director for UK-CARES (Center for Appalachian Research... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:20am EDT
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