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Can You Recover Social Security Disability Benefits for Skin Cancer?

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2021 | Skin Cancer

A variety of cancers, including skin cancer may qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability programs.

Applying for benefits can be more complicated in the case of skin cancer than with other types of cancers. Most skin cancers in the United States are basal cell carcinoma type cancers.  These cancers are typically confined to and do not spread to other areas of the body. These cases may be easier to treat and surgery by itself may be sufficient to treat your cancer.  In these cases, your case may be more challenging to prove. However, carcinomas can return.  It’s important to consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a viable claim for disability benefits.

Other less common types of skin cancer include melanomas which can spread to other areas of the body. If a melanoma spreads to the lymph nodes, to other areas of the body, or is recurrent, you might have stronger grounds for a claim. However, it’s important to provide strong evidence in support of your claim. If you are under treatment, you may need to provide evidence that you have exhausted all treatment options and have adhered to all protocols.

You can get skin cancer at any time of the year, but summer is when exposure to the sun increases, making it a riskier time for you. This summer, protect your skin from cancer by slathering on sunscreen. Avoid the use of tanning procedures.  Try and stay in shady areas as much as possible, and wear clothing that protects your skin. Certain types of topical medication as well as oral medications, such as antibiotics, can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. If you notice moles, marks, or any other abnormalities in your skin, get these checked out by your doctor.