Uterine Cancer and SSA DisabilityUterine cancer or endometrial cancer, as is commonly called, develops when the cells in the lining of the uterus, which is the most important reproductive organ for a woman, grow abnormally and multiply. Although uterine cancer is most common after menopause in women who are over the age of 45, claimants of any age can develop this condition, especially if the claimant is taking estrogen hormone treatment or is overweight.
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The cause of uterine cancer is unknown, although there are severe increased risk factors: age, obesity, diabetes, hormone replacement therapy, high blood pressure, family history, early menstruation, irregular cycles, Polycystic ovary syndrome and infertility.
Common Symptoms of Uterine Cancer
Uterine cancer generally develops in the lining of the uterus called the endometrium. Common symptoms of this condition can include:
- Pelvic pain
- Painful intercourse
- Difficulty urinating
- Unusual discharge
- Unusual bleeding
- Heavy bleeding for more than seven days
Winning SSI or SSDI for Uterine Cancer
The first step to winning SSI or SSDI is getting a good diagnosis. The SSA will expect claimants to be under the care of a treating doctor. Doctors can diagnose this condition with an endometrial biopsy. Additional testing may also be done including a dilatation and curettage, transvaginal ultrasound, sonohysterography and hysteroscopy.
After the claimant has their diagnosis and the SSA pulls their medical records, assuming they meet the nonmedical criteria of either SSI or SSDI, the SSA has two methods they use to determine if a claimant is disabled.
1) Meeting a Listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments
2) Winning SSI or SSDI through a medical vocational allowance
Meeting a Listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments for Uterine Cancer
The SSA does have a listing for uterine cancer. They evaluate uterine cancer under 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases, Section 13.23 Cancers of the female genital tract. According to the SSA, under this section they are specifically evaluating the origin of the malignancy, the extent of involvement, the duration, the frequency, the response to antineoplastic therapy (surgery, irradiation, chemotherapy, hormones, immunotherapy, or bone marrow or stem cell transplantation) and the effects of any post-therapeutic residuals.
For uterine cancer the SSA will specifically evaluate if the claimant has evidence that the cancer has invaded other adjoining organs and the condition has moved beyond the regional lymph node and that the condition persists or recurs following initial antineoplastic therapy.
Winning SSDI and SSI for uterine cancer through a medical vocational allowance
If the claimants condition does not meet or exceed the listing the claimant must prove that their residual capacity to work has been reduced so much that they cannot perform substantial work. Medical documentation will be needed to document the limitations for the claimant. For instance, if the claimant is weak, tired or nauseous they may be able to prove that completing a normal work day would be impossible. Required medications and their corresponding side-effects can also be evidence that the claimant is unable to safely perform work.
If your condition does not meet a listing it is generally a good idea to talk to a disability lawyer and find out what medical information you need to prove you cannot work.
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