September is Ovarian/Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthPosted September 25, 2015 by Premier Disability Services, LLC® The month of September is ovarian and prostate cancer awareness month. Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer where malignant cancer cells form in a woman’s ovaries. Because ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer of the female reproductive system, it is extremely important to take the appropriate steps to screen for the disease and begin early treatment if it is diagnosed.
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that attacks the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is most common in older men and is overall the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States. Like ovarian cancer, prostate cancer is often treatable if identified in the early stages. However, for both types of cancer, screening for the disease is critical so that it can be identified prior to becoming symptomatic.
At Premier, we recognize the serious nature of both ovarian and prostate cancer. These conditions both have the potential for rendering someone disabled under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) guidelines. Specifically, if a person’s cancer has metastasized to other areas of their body, this can often be enough for SSA to award disability benefits. However, a person’s prostate or ovarian cancer does not always need to reach this severity level in order to be awarded benefits. If a person files for disability based on one of these types of cancer, SSA should review that person’s medical evidence to determine the severity of their symptoms, the types of treatment offered and any side effects, and the projected duration of the condition.
If you or someone you know falls into a high risk category for ovarian or prostate cancer, now is as good a time as any to make an appointment for the proper screening. If you have already been diagnosed with these types of cancer and they are preventing you from maintaining employment, please contact us for a free evaluation.
By: Thomas A. Klint of Premier Disability Services, LLC®