It’s estimated there will 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2021, as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Worse, it’s estimated that 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. this year. How many of these deaths could have been prevented through early detection and treatment?
That’s one of the reasons to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease.
What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. It’s the second most common kind of cancer in women, after skin cancer. In the U.S., the death rates for breast cancer are higher than all other cancers women experience except lung cancer.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that the overall death rate from breast cancer decreased by 1% per year from 2013 to 2018. This is in large part due to increased awareness through campaigns like NBCAM, earlier detection of the disease through newly developed screening procedures and continually improving treatment options.
Qualifying for Breast Cancer Disability Benefits
The symptoms of the disease, as well as the surgery, chemotherapy, medication and other treatments required to combat breast cancer, often leave the victim unable to work. Fortunately, women (and men) who are unable to work due to breast cancer may qualify for:
Houston disability attorney M. Stanley Whitehead helps clients who suffer from breast cancer obtain disability benefits to make up for the loss of income and medical costs caused by their disease.
In order to obtain disability benefits for breast cancer, you need evidence supporting that you are unable to work due to the severe symptoms of your breast cancer and its treatments. This should include information about the:
- The origin of your breast cancer
- The extent of involvement
- The duration, frequency and response to anticancer therapy
- The effects of any post-therapeutic residuals
The evidence should be detailed enough so that claim reviewers can determine:
- The nature and severity of your impairment
- How long you have experienced your impairment
- Whether or not your impairment allows you to perform work related physical and mental activities.
Evidence submitted for a breast cancer disability claim can include:
- Medical records (such as test results and clinical notes)
- Statements from your treating doctor and other health providers
- Employment records
- Witness testimony
- Other supporting documentation
Get Help with Breast Cancer Disability Denials
If you are unable to work due to the symptoms of your breast cancer and its treatment, we urge you to contact a disability benefits attorney to discuss your options. M. Stanley Whitehead is Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, and an Accredited Veterans Claim Attorney as required to practice law before the VA. With headquarters in Houston, TX, the law offices of M. Stanley Whitehead help clients across the nation obtain the disability benefits they are entitled to.
M. Stanley Whitehead is here to help you file an original claim. He will work closely with your doctors to ensure your application contains all the evidence needed to support your claim for disability benefits due to breast cancer. He can also help you appeal an LTD denial and argue your case in state and federal court, if necessary.
Don’t risk losing the disability benefits you are entitled to. Contact nationally recognized disability attorney M. Stanley Whitehead to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.