Title

A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Radon Mitigation in the Upper Midwest

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2011

Advisor

Daniel Steck, Physics

Abstract

Minnesota, Iowa, and parts of the surrounding states comprise the "Radon Belt" of the Upper Midwest, an area of the U.S. where the radon levels are naturally higher than in the rest of the country. This investigation analyzes the cost-effectiveness of lung cancer prevention through radon mitigation in the Upper Midwest, examining the cost of mitigating high-radon homes as well as the number of lung cancer deaths which would be averted by doing so. The purpose of this analysis is twofold: first, to compare the cost-effectiveness of mitigation in the Upper Midwest to the cost-effectiveness of mitigation in the U.S. as a whole and, second, to compare the cost-effectiveness of mitigation in the Upper Midwest to the cost-effectiveness of lung cancer medical treatment.

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