Can I Collect Social Security Disability If I Am Diagnosed with Skin Cancer?

As the summer begins to heat up, make sure that you are wearing sunscreen if you are doing activities outdoors to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

A skin cancer diagnosis can be devastating for a victim. Each year, it is estimated that 9,710 people die due to melanoma. Additionally, melanoma is the most common cause of cancer in young adults, ages 25 to 29.

Too much sun can lead to various skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Remember, to reduce your risk of developing these, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that you:

  • Seek shade when appropriate
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • Avoid tanning beds

Will the Social Security Administration Review My Medical Records?

If you develop a form of skin cancer that leaves you unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. For further information on SSDI qualifications, we suggest you visit our FAQ page.

Additionally, to receive SSDI, you will need to prove that you meet a disability listing. For skin cancer, you may need to prove that the disease has spread beyond your lymph nodes and that it has taken over other sites on your body. In addition, if you had the cancer removed surgically, you must prove that it has returned.

If you have skin cancer, when you apply for SSDI, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask that you provide it with records of all of the treatments you have received, including operative and pathology notes.

Keep in mind, you must have earned work benefits to qualify for SSDI. If you ever have questions about Social Security benefits, contact our attorneys today at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys


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