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Prostate Cancer and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

Prostate cancer is cancer that originates in your prostate gland. Your prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland that makes seminal fluid in the male reproductive system. Seminal fluid is the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Prostate cancer can only take place in men due to the fact that the prostate is only a part of the male reproductive tract. Women do not have a prostate.

Prostate cancer is both a common and serious ailment for men in the United States. It is the 2nd most prevalent kind of cancer in American men. Skin cancer is the number one cancer in men in the United States. Every year, for one out of every three men who are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, prostate cancer is the diagnosis.

The cause is unknown

The cause of prostate cancer is not known at this time. Researchers also do not know why some forms of prostate cancer act differently. Researchers think that several things may play a part in causing prostate cancer. Some of these are ethnicity, diet, hormones, environment and heredity.

Prostate cancer develops when cells in your prostate gland begin to mutate (become defective) and start to multiply out of control. These cells may spread (metastasize) from the prostate to other areas of your body, especially your lymph nodes and bones.

The greatest risk factor for prostate cancer is probably advancing age. The disease is rare in men who are under the age of 50. The chances of getting prostate cancer increase after you reach the age of 50.

Risk factors

Although the reasons are not known, black men are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer. Men who use testosterone therapy are at a greater risk due to the fact that testosterone naturally stimulates your prostate gland to grow. A high-fat diet and obesity may increase your risk for prostate cancer. Your risk is also greater if your father or brother has the disease.

Prostate cancer is usually a slow growing type of cancer. It may not cause serious harm while it stays in your prostate. However, there are some kinds of prostate cancer that are aggressive and spread quickly.

Prostate cancer does not usually have any noticeable signs or symptoms in its early stages. In many instances, prostate cancer is not discovered until after it has spread out of your prostate because of this.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms are usually determined by how advanced the cancer is and how far is has spread. Early signs and symptoms can involve urinary problems like difficulty urinating, decreased force of urine stream and starting and stopping while urinating.

You may have blood in your urine and semen when prostate cancer has spread to areas around your prostate. You may experience swelling in your legs or pain in your pelvic area when it spreads to the lymph nodes in your pelvis. Pain in your bones that will not go away, compression of your spine and bone fractures are indications of advanced stages of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is on the list of impairments of the Social Security Administration. This does not guarantee you of being approved for Social Security disability benefits. You must submit medical evidence that will be accepted by the Social Security Administration. It may be wise to consult a disability attorney who knows the kind of medical evidence that the Social Security Administration is looking for.