Do you have gallbladder cancer? Has your loved one faced a diagnosis? Sadly, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2015, about 10,900 new cases of gallbladder cancer and large bile ducts will be diagnosed.
Of the cases that are diagnosed, about 4,990 will be among men and 5,920 will be among women. Additionally, more than 3,700 people will die from the disease. This is why February is recognized as Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month.
This month, you may see people wearing green bands in support of a loved one. Sadly, according to ACS, most cases of gallbladder cancer are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when the disease has already spread tremendously. This is because the organ is located deep inside your body.
Keep in mind, your gallbladder is the pear-shaped organ under your liver. Its job is to concentrate and store bile fluid that is made in your liver, which is used to help digest fats in food as they carry through your intestines.
Many risk factors may go into a person receiving a gallbladder cancer diagnosis—many victims are overweight or obese. Additionally, there may be a family history, as the cancer is common among people who have issues with gallstones, cysts and polyps.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) said that people should speak to a doctor if they experience the following, as they may be signs of gallbladder cancer:
- Pain above the stomach
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lumps in the abdomen
Unfortunately, many people who have gallbladder cancer are forced to undergo therapies including clinical drug trials and palliative treatment, which can leave them weak and unable to work.
Collecting Disability with Gallbladder Cancer
A person who is fighting cancer may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If you are diagnosed with gallbladder 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.
Thankfully, because of its severity, gallbladder cancer has been added to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program, which can help expedite the disability qualification process.
If you suffer from gallbladder cancer and have an interest in qualifying for SSDI benefits, it may be a good idea to speak to an attorney, who can assist you with the application or appeals process.
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers
Troutman Touts: Native Americans and women are more likely to be diagnosed with gallbladder cancer than men or people of other races.