We would like to remind our readers that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.
During the month, many agencies are asking people to highlight the significance of cervical cancer in their communities. Cervical cancer, which can be caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), is a deadly disease that is better treated through early detection.
Because of this, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) has also designated January National Cervical Cancer Screening Month. Keep in mind, there are approximately 100 or more different forms of HPV that can cause genital warts, which can lead to cell changes and cervical cancer.
Through early screening and Pap smear tests, doctors can detect issues that may lead to cancer. The NCCC reports that 70 percent of all women will encounter HPV at some point of their life.
It should be noted that HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, not through the exchange of bodily fluid, and that cervical cancer commonly takes 10 years to 20 years or more to develop, so women who are no longer sexually active should still be tested.
Tragically, in 2011, 11,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with cervical cancer and around 4,000 victims died.
I Have Cervical Cancer. Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits?
Women who suffer from cervical cancer may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you are diagnosed with cancer, you must show that your current medical condition is one that is severe enough that it does not allow you to perform basic tasks.
Remember, many forms of cancer are considered under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program, which can help expedite the disability qualification process.
If you suffer from cervical cancer and you have an interest in qualifying for SSDI benefits, you should speak to our attorneys. We offer our services on a contingency basis.
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers