Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) 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 Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MCC?
MCC is a rare and aggressive type of skin cancer that originates from the uncontrolled proliferation of Merkel cells. Merkel cells are cells in the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis); their exact function is unknown but they are believed to be touch receptors and have both sensory and hormonal functions. There are a number of factors thought to contribute to MCC, such as fair skin, a history of extensive sun exposure, chronic immune suppression due to HIV or organ transplantation, and an age of over 50. This type of cancer usually occurs on areas of the body exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and arms, but can occur anywhere on the skin and metastasize to other parts of the body such as the lymph nodes, liver, lungs, brain, and bones. The prognosis for affected individuals depends on the stage of the cancer and the extent of the metastasis.
Metastatic MCC Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of metastatic MCC include:
- Appearance and growth of a firm, painless, shiny, flesh, red, or blue-colored nodule on the skin
- Localized skin change
- Changes in the appearance and/or consistency of a mole
- 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 MCC
Metastatic MCC 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 MCC, 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 MCC, 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.