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Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and Receiving Social Security Disability

Leukemia is one of several different cancers that affect your blood and/or bone marrow. It is characterized by an abnormal accumulation of blood cells that are usually leukocytes (white blood cells). The term “leukemia” may refer to a wide group of diseases. Leukemia is divided into groups and categories both pathologically and clinically. The first division is between the chronic and acute forms of leukemia. The type of blood cell that leukemia affects is the next division. This division is between lymphocytic and myelogenous leukemia. Lymphocytic leukemias include acute lymphocytic leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is one of the types of myelogenous leukemia. It affects your bone marrow and blood. Acute myelogenous leukemia gets its name from the word "acute" which indicates that the disease develops rapidly and affects immature blood cells, rather than mature blood cells. “Myelogenous” is a reference to a group of white blood cells called the myeloid cells that the disease affects. These cells normally develop into various kinds of mature blood cells like white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Acute myelogenous leukemia is known by several other names. It is called acute myeloid leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia. Over 10,000 new cases of acute myelogenous leukemia are diagnosed every year in the United States. It is more common in whites than in other races. Men are more likely than women to get acute myelogenous leukemia. The incidence of acute myelogenous leukemia increases with age. The median onset age is 65. It is the most common acute form of leukemia that affects adults, although it can develop at any time at any age. In the early stages of acute myelogenous leukemia, it may affect you or appear like flu or other common illnesses. The effects can be different depending on the kind of blood cell the disease is affecting. Some of the effects may be: These effects produced by acute myelogenous leukemia may be where you are unable to work. It may be the cause of your disability. Do you need help? Do you need financial help? Have you applied for assistance from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by acute myelogenous leukemia? Were you denied? If you appeal the denial, remember this. You will need an established disability lawyer like the one at in this process. The reason for this is because people represented by an experienced disability attorney are approved more often than people without a lawyer.