09/16/2010 // Libby, Montana, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Montana Mesothelioma Reporter

As previously reported, Libby, Montana is home to hundreds of people who have fallen critically ill or even died from the effects of asbestos exposure, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The small town in Montana is home to vermiculite mine that has been concluded as the primary source of the widespread asbestos contamination leading to the consequent deaths of over 400 people.

In a proactive measure, the town’s residents now have access to regular health screenings for early detection of lung cancer or mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the inevitable asbestos scarring in the lungs of thousands in the area has made the screening clinic ill equipped and short staffed to effectively handle the blitz of patients.

If possible, the resident of Libby can go in to be screened every 6 months. However, the clinic only has one full-time doctor on staff and 12 staff, so patients are being scheduled out a year to a year and a half.

The old W.R. Grace vermiculite mine closed in 1990 and was made into a Superfund site after an asbestos deposit was found in the mine. Asbestos contamination from the site drove the federal government to declare Libby a health emergency.

The clinic has posted a position for a new doctor to handle the patient load.

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