Metastatic Malignant Melanoma and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Metastatic malignant melanoma is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Metastatic Malignant Melanoma?
Metastatic malignant melanoma is a cancer that originates in the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes) due to cancerous changes in their cellular DNA. Such changes result from cumulative damage to the cells due to factors such as overexposure to UV light, inherited genetic mutations, and other sorts of environmental damage that accumulates over a person’s lifetime. Malignant melanoma has two stages of growth: radial and vertical. In the radial phase of growth, cancerous cells expand laterally within the outermost layers of skin. In the vertical phase, the malignant cells expand vertically into deeper layers of tissue, and, at this point, the cancer can become metastatic and spread to other areas of the body such as the brain, bones, bowel, liver, and lymph nodes. The prognosis for those diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma depends on the overall health of the individual and the extent of the cancer.
Metastatic Malignant Melanoma Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of metastatic malignant melanoma include:
- A change in the shape, size, or color of an existing mole
- A mole that is asymmetrical, has irregular borders, variegated coloration, or a diameter as large or larger than a pencil eraser
- A mole that itches, ulcerates, or bleeds
- The appearance and growth of a raised lump or nodule under the skin (firm to the touch)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- General malaise
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Metastatic Malignant Melanoma
Metastatic malignant melanoma automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.