Cervical Cancer and SSDI: What Do I Need to Know?

Sadly, there was once a time in the U.S. when cervical cancer was among the most common causes of death for women. Photo of woman receiving medical care

However, over the last 30 years, due to medical screening advancements and awareness campaigns, the death rate for cervical cancer has gone down by more than 50 percent. With this in mind, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, as designated by Congress.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 100 different forms of human papillomavirus, or HPV, that can cause genital warts, which can lead to cell changes within a woman, causing cervical cancer. Screenings and early detection are incredibly important in preventing the spread of cancer.

Organizations like the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) recommend that women have Pap smear tests regularly to detect for any abnormalities. We have a link to the American Cancer Society’s website, which has information about the symptoms of cervical cancer located in the source link of this page.

Some warning signs for cervical cancer include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Can I Collect SSDI If I Have Cervical Cancer?

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and can no longer work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Many forms of aggressive cancer are listed under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program, which allows applicants to experience an expedited benefit decision process, if they qualify.

In order to collect SSDI with cervical cancer, a victim needs to show that her condition is severe enough that it does not allow her to perform basic tasks at work or that it could result in her death. For more information about this, visit our Social Security FAQ page.

If you show signs or symptoms of cervical cancer, you should contact your doctor immediately. Our Tulsa SSDI attorneys represent clients who are going through the SSA’s disability appeals. Disability law is all we do.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/detailedguide/cervical-cancer-signs-symptoms


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