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UW researcher works to make buildings radon-proof

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and it's especially common in the Midwest. 

You can't tell if it's in your home unless you test for it. But a UW researcher who works with cancer wants to make sure that even if you don't get around to that, you'll be protected from this deadly gas. 

Ryan Denu is working with legislators to get two bills passed by the end of the session. One would require home sellers to hand out a pamphlet about the dangers of radon. The other would require construction on all new buildings, including schools, to use radon-resistant construction techniques.

"The goal, the hope with these bills, is that we're able to reduce and prevent these 500 deaths from radon-induced lung cancer every year in Wisconsin," said Wisconsin Radon Coalition Founder Ryan Denu.

With the bills still circulating and a tight session ahead, it's unknown if they'll make it through this time -- but they said he'll keep trying.

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