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Those diagnosed with cancer may seek SSD benefits

Cancer can strike just about anyone in Philadelphia, no matter what age, even if an individual does not have a family history of the disease. In fact, over one million individuals will receive a cancer diagnosis this year. With this in mind, June 7 has been designated in the United States as National Cancer Survivors Day.

The Social Security Administration recognizes this day and encourages citizens of the United States to regularly visit their doctor for checkups. After all, the earlier a cancer diagnosis is made, the more likely it is that a person will survive the disease. The day also serves as a reminder for cancer awareness and honors cancer survivors.

The Social Security Administration reminds citizens that Social Security disability insurance may be available to those stricken by cancer. Those diagnosed with cancer may also be eligible for the SSA's Compassionate Allowances program. This program recognizes that cancer is the type of medical disease that is severe enough that a person's Social Security disability application may be expedited. This is because it is understood that a cancer diagnosis will usually meet the SSA's standards for what constitutes a disability. To be considered for the Compassionate Allowances program, a person simply needs to go through the normal SSDI application process

Cancer is a serious disease, but it can be overcome. Those who have survived cancer should be remembered. However, cancer is often an expensive disease. Operations, chemotherapy and radiation procedures can all come at a great cost. This cost can be made all the more onerous if a person cannot work while he or she battles the disease. Therefore, SSD benefits may be an essential resource for those with cancer, so they can focus on survival without having to worry about how they will provide for themselves financially during this challenging time.

Source: The Daily Courier, "Social Security: Social Security supports National Cancer Survivors Day," Iris Greene, June 1, 2015

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