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Disability benefits are there to help cancer victims and others

During 2017, greater than 1 million victims will be diagnosed with cancer worldwide. The large number of cancer victims has a significant impact on families and communities, as well as the lives of victims. In recognition of National Cancer Survivors' Day, the Social Security Administration is raising awareness of its Social Security disability program that is available to help victims of cancer and other illnesses. In addition, the Compassionate Allowances program can be helpful to victims of cancer and other diseases and illnesses receive expedited processing of their claims for disability benefits.

Diseases and illnesses that are on the Compassionate Allowances list are considered situations when the medical condition the disabled individual is suffering from is considered so severe that it obviously meets Social Security disability's standards for a qualifying medical condition which allows the application for disability benefits to be processed more quickly. A number of cancers are found on the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances list.

To apply for disability with a disease or illness on the Compassionate Allowances list, no special application form is required. The application will be identified as having a medical condition on the Compassionate Allowances list and the disability application will be expedited. Additionally, if the disabled individual suffers from a disability that is not on the list of Compassionate Allowances, that does not mean that they are not eligible for benefits and may bring a claim for benefits based on the medical condition they suffer from that prevents them from working.

Claims for Social Security disability benefits are based on the existence of a disabling medical condition that prevents the applicant from being able to work, is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death and are available for applicants who have the necessary work history to qualify. Victims of cancer and other diseases may be able to receive these important benefits so they should be familiar with how the application process works to help them better navigate it.

Source:, "Social Security supports National Cancer Survivors Day," May 31, 2017

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