Cancer of the Esophagus and Receiving Social Security Disability
Your cells are the building blocks of your body. This is where cancer originates. When your body is working properly, old cells die at the right time and new cells are formed to replace them. However, sometimes, things go wrong. Old cells do not die when they ought to and new cells are formed even when your body does not need them.
This results in an excess amount of cells, which may produce a mass (tumor). This is how cancer begins. If the mass is malignant, it is cancer. If the tumor is benign, it is not cancer.
Cancer is much larger than a single disease. It is a huge group of diseases. Cancer is marked by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body).
Cancer of the esophagus is one of the many forms of cancer. It starts in your esophagus. Your esophagus is the hollow muscular tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
Fortunately, cancer of the esophagus is rare in the United States. It affects less than 5 in every 100,000 people. It occurs most often in men who are over the age of 50.
Cancer of the esophagus begins when cells in your esophagus become defective. They mutate and divide and grow out of control. However, no one knows exactly what causes this process to take place.
Researchers believe that if there is ongoing (chronic) irritation of your esophagus, this may contribute to the occurrence of this disease. There are several things that can irritate your esophagus. These include:
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Like many forms of cancer, cancer of the esophagus does not usually cause any signs or symptoms until it is advanced. Possible signs and symptoms are:
- Chewing tobacco
- Bile reflux
- Eating foods that have been preserved in lye
- Radiation therapy of your upper abdomen or chest
- Having certain conditions like Barretts esophagus or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Eating a diet that is low in fruit and vegetables
- Drinking extremely hot liquids.
You or a loved one may have cancer of the esophagus. This disease and/or complications that have resulted from it or other ailments that you have in addition to this disease may have brought about you or your loved ones disability and not being able to work.
If this is the case, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may decide to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has resulted from cancer of the esophagus and/or complications that have been caused by it or other ailments that you have in addition to this disease. You may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one decides to reapply or appeal the denial, think carefully about this. The fact is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer standing with them.
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- Unintentional weight loss
- Vomiting blood
- Chest pain that is not related to eating
- Difficulty swallowing solids or liquids
- Regurgitation (the backward movement of food through your esophagus and mouth.