Grant Renewed at CARD Clinic

A $2.5 million grant has been awarded to the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD). This clinic in Libby, Montana specializes in asbestos-related health care.

CARD offers two screening programs to its community. Through a series of tests, individuals can be screened for asbestos diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

“Anybody who was in Libby for at least 6 months, at least 10 years ago qualifies for free screenings,” said Tracy McNew.

Tracy McNew is the Clinical & Research Manager at CARD Clinic. She says that the clinic has been receiving the same grant for eight years now.

“This money was written into the Affordable Care Act in 2010. As long as the ACA is around we should hopefully be able to apply for this grant, it should exist,” McNew stated.

CARD: Changing Lives of Libby Residents

Approximately 800 people are screened at the CARD Clinic each year. Patients typically experience chest x-rays and breathing tests.

People iconMany residents of Libby are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma or asbestosis. This is due to an asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine that has caused years of exposure to the town.

“Montana’s Lincoln County ranks third in the country for the counties with the highest mesothelioma death rate,” claims the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
To qualify for free screenings at the clinic, individuals must:
  • Not currently be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease
  • Provide proof of residency in Lincoln County for a minimum of 6 months, at least 10 years ago
  • Fill out a screening application

The Center for Asbestos Related Disease is highly involved in improving the healthcare of its community. It is also actively involved in researching new ways to early detect, educate, treat, improve health outcomes, and prevent these incurable diseases.

The Town of Amphibole Asbestos

For the people of Libby, mining and milling at the vermiculite mine was a way of life. The mining site first opened in the 1920s and closed in 1990.

Amphibole IconVermiculite from the Libby mine was used to create construction materials, like insulation. When the contaminated ore was processed, it released tons of amphibole asbestos fibers into the air, which affected the whole town.

Several mine workers and their loved ones can recall the dust they couldn’t seem to get off them. Many experienced symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath. Unaware of what was really happening to them, locals started to refer to their symptoms as “The Dust Disease.”

“The highest occupational and environmental exposures to asbestos-contaminated vermiculite likely occurred from the 1950s to the 1970s,” revealed a study from NCBI.

W.R. Grace and Co. took over the mine in 1963 and knew of the ore contamination, but continued operating. Today, an asbestos trust fund has been created to help these victims.

In 2009, the EPA declared a Public Health Emergency for the town of Libby. The organization has participated in many residential and commercial cleanups. It has also helped with providing federal health care assistance to victims of asbestos-related diseases, like CARD.

Several mesothelioma warriors, including non blue collar workers, were exposed to asbestos in their workplace. Learn more about mesothelioma compensation that is available to help these individuals.

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About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.