Screening Program
CARD's primary goal is to provide specialty healthcare and screening to those affected by Libby amphibole asbestos. CARD's secondary goal is to stimulate research from around the country to gain further understanding of disease mechanisms, improve early disease and cancer detection and intervention, and develop effective health management strategies in hope of finding answers to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.
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Libby, MT 59923
Phone: (406) 293-9274
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Asbestos Health Screening
FREE Asbestos Health Screening

In the northwest corner of Montana, in the rural community of Libby, the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) has emerged as a national center of excellence in addressing healthcare issues associated with Libby Amphibole Asbestos.

In 2011 CARD secured a 4-year grant allowing them to complete asbestos screening in Libby and across the nation. CARD collaborates with many clinical and basic science researchers acting as a gateway in the Libby community by facilitating research activities.

CARD's primary goal is to provide specialty healthcare and screening to those affected by Libby Amphibole Asbestos. CARD's secondary goal is to stimulate research from around the country to gain further understanding of disease mechanisms, improve early disease and cancer detection and intervention, and develop effective health management strategies in hope of finding answers to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Eligibility Requirements

How do you know if you are eligible for a FREE asbestos health screening? Take a look at the eligibility criteria:

  • you are NOT currently diagnosed with an asbestos related disease
  • you have documented "proof of presence" that you lived, worked or recreated in Lincoln County for a minimum of 6 months, (does not have to be consecutive), at least 10 years ago
  • complete the one page application and attach your "proof of presence"

If you need assistance with finding "proof of presence" documentation, please contact CARD for suggestions.

Screening Process

What does the local and national screening process consist of and what tests are involved? You will complete the following:

  • Extensive health and exposure histories
  • Single view chest x-ray
  • Spirometry breathing test
  • Physical exam by CARD medical provider
  • CT Scan if indicated for a diagnosis, if appropriate
  • Education about disease process and management
  • A first phase colorectal cancer screening is offered for individuals between the ages of 50-75.

If you are diagnosed with an Asbestos Related Disease you will be provided education about asbestos related healthcare benefits. Once an individual is diagnosed, CARD screening does not pay for any further testing or disease management.

Lung Cancer Screening Program:

CARD is pleased to announce implementation of our free lung cancer screening program. Screening of populations at risk for developing cancer has proven effective for breast, colon and more recently, lung cancer. Numerous trials have confirmed that low dose CT scans of the chest are effective at detecting lung cancer early. Early detection allows for early treatment and improved health outcomes for many patients.

Option A
  • Greater than or equal to 20 pack years of smoking history (packs per day x years smoked= pack years)
  • Age between 55-79
  • Diagnosed with Asbestos Related Disease
Option B
  • Greater than or equal to 20 pack years of smoking history (packs per day x years smoked= pack years)
  • Age between 55-79
  • Exposure to Libby Amphibole Asbestos and have a lung nodule of greater than 4mm in size

Those participating in the program will receive a low dose CT scan of the chest at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, which will be read by both their onsite radiologist and Dr. Black. If indicated, scans will also be read by a consulting Pulmonologist. Participants will receive a phone call from CARD regarding results, and they may be asked to schedule an appointment with Dr. Black. Everyone in the program will also receive a letter stating their results and recommended follow-up. These services will be provided at no charge.

This is a short-term program funded by a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). CARD is pursuing additional funding which, if received, would allow us to continue offering this free service. CARD will be mailing invitation letters to those whose records indicate that they meet the eligibility criteria, but phone calls to the clinic are also welcome. If you feel you meet the above criteria, either option A or option B, and would like to participate or would like to receive more information about the program, please contact Shelly at 406-293-9274 ext 142.