Ovarian Cancer 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, inoperable, or unresectable ovarian cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a cancer of unknown cause and begins in the ovaries. Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial carcinomas, which begin in the cells on the surface of the ovaries, or malignant germ cell tumors, which begin in the egg cells themselves. A number of factors are believed to lessen a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, such as bearing multiple children at an early age, and using birth control pills. The factors believed to predispose a woman to this type of cancer include a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer and a personal history of breast cancer. Because its symptoms mimic other, less serious conditions, ovarian cancer often goes undiagnosed in its early stages. Most ovarian cancer deaths occur in women over the age of 55. Surgery is the standard treatment for all stages of ovarian cancer and the prognosis for those diagnosed with the disease varies.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Feeling of fullness
- Pelvic or lower abdominal pain
- Abnormal menstruation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unexplained back pain
- Excessive hair growth
- Frequent urination
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 Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer that is metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable 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, inoperable, or unresectable ovarian cancer, 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, inoperable, or unresectable ovarian cancer, 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.