Did you know that pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States?
Sadly, the diagnosis numbers are expected to increase to the point that this illness is expected to be the second leading cause of cancer-death in 2020. According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, an estimated 6 percent of Americans diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive for more than five years.
Tragically, the organization reported that in 2014 “more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 73 percent will die in the first year of diagnosis.”
Pancreatic cancer begins in the pancreas, located in a person’s abdomen, and can spread rapidly to other parts of the body. Pancreatic cancer is often hard to detect, resulting in victims being diagnosed with it in later stages.
As November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, you should know that if you suffer from this illness, you could be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. In fact, because of the seriousness of a diagnosis, most people who apply for benefits with pancreatic cancer are automatically approved for benefits.
It should be noted that the Social Security Administration outlines two forms of pancreatic cancer for those seeking SSDI benefits: exocrine carcinoma and Islet cell carcinoma.
If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the SSA has listed the illness as part of its Compassionate Allowance Listings (CAL), meaning you may be eligible for faster access to SSDI.
Qualifying for Social Security Payments with Cancer
Keep in mind, people with severe illnesses or medical conditions such as cancer are more likely to qualify for SSDI benefits. Unfortunately, these illnesses can knock a person out of the workforce, leaving them without an income while facing large medical bills. These victims deserve all of the help they can get when it comes to compensation.
If you are interested in receiving SSDI, contact our Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys today. We offer free consultations.
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys