Receiving Social Security Disability After Anal Cancer DiagnosisCancer is often a frightenting diagnosis. Some people won't talk about cancer when it shows up in a place that isn't considered a good topic for "polite conversation". Often the treatment for cancer can be more disabling than the actual disease. Getting a disability living allowance from Social Security for your disability caused by cancer can be as much of a fight as you face in trying to conquer cancer. Hopefully, Farrah Fawcett's struggle with anal cancer and the battle for her life will highlight how difficult and painful it is to live through the medical treatments available for the disease. Cancer begins in your cells, the building blocks of your body. When things are going right, your body produces new cells as you need them. These new cells replace old cells that die. Sometimes this process does not work the way it should. Old cells do not die when they should, and new cells develop even when you do not need them. These extra cells may form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancer. Malignant ones are cancer. Cancer is not one disease, but a group of diseases. Each of these diseases is characterized by cells that are aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits), invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of your body). Anal cancer is a type of cancer that develops in your anal canal. It is a disease where cancer cells form in the tissues of your anus. Your anal canal is a short tube at the end of your rectum. It consists of the outer layers of your skin and the end of your large intestine. Your stool passes through this canal and out of your body when you go to the bathroom. Fortunately, anal cancer is an uncommon form of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, around 5,000 people are diagnosed with anal cancer in the United States each year. Women are a little more likely to get anal cancer than men. The prime age for getting the disease is your early sixties. There are several different ways that anal cancer may affect you. It may cause:
- Pain in or around your anus
- An itching sensation around or inside of your anus
- A growth or mass in your anal canal
- Bleeding from your rectum or anus
- Anal discharge
- A change in your bowel habits like constipation, diarrhea or thinning of your stools.