This week is Breast Cancer Prevention Week. Many people do not realize that breast cancer is a condition that qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits. Because every cancer is different, Social Security has come up with guidelines for each type of the common cancers to determine if they qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The following is the guidelines Social Security has put out regarding breast cancer.

13.10 Breast (except sarcoma—13.04) (See 13.00K4.)

  1. Locally advanced cancer (inflammatory carcinoma, cancer of any size with direct extension to the chest wall or skin, or cancer of any size with metastases to the ipsilateral internal mammary nodes).


  1. Carcinoma with metastases to the supraclavicular or infraclavicular nodes, to 10 or more axillary nodes, or with distant metastases.


  1. Recurrent carcinoma, except local recurrence that remits with anticancer therapy.


  1. Small-cell (oat cell) carcinoma.


  1. With secondary lymphedema that is caused by anticancer therapy and treated by surgery to salvage or restore the functioning of an upper extremity. (See 13.00K4b.) Consider under a disability until at least 12 months from the date of the surgery that treated the secondary lymphedema. Thereafter, evaluate any residual impairment(s) under the criteria for the affected body system.

If you have breast cancer you may qualify for benefits. Having an experienced attorney who will fight for you can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. Call us today for your free evaluation and let our experience work for you.



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