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Pancreatic Cancer and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your body’s basic building blocks are your cells. Cancer begins in your cells. If your body is working right, old cells die at the right time, and new cells are produced when your body needs them. Things go wrong, sometimes. Old cells do not die like they should, and new cells are formed even when they are not needed. A mass (tumor) can develop from these excess cells. These tumors can either be malignant or benign. Malignant tumors are cancer. Benign tumors are not. Cancer is much broader 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). There are many different types of cancer. Cancer is usually called by where it starts in your body. For example, liver cancer begins in your liver. Prostate cancer begins in your prostate. Cancer may metastasize (spread) to other areas of your body, but it is still called by where it started. Pancreatic cancer is one of the many forms of cancer. It is cancer that begins in your pancreas. Your pancreas is a large organ that is located horizontally behind the lower part of your stomach. It secretes hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars and enzymes that help digestion. Between 35,000 and 40,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the United States. It is the fourth leading cause of death among both women and men. Pancreatic cancer develops when mutations (defects) occur in the cells of your pancreas. However, no one knows exactly why this process takes place. One of the problems with pancreatic cancer is that it does not usually cause any signs or symptoms until it is well advanced. Signs and symptoms that you may have are: You or your loved one may have pancreatic cancer. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be why you or your loved one is disabled and needs financial assistance. You or your loved one may have applied for financial help from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by pancreatic cancer and/or complications resulting from this disease? Were you denied? If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this carefully. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer representing them. Please do not wait. Get your free consultation today with a disability advocate who can help you through the disability benefits appeals process.