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Childhood cancer survivors may need SSD benefits in the future

Newark, New Jersey, residents may agree that cancer is among the most dreaded of diseases. The situation is even sadder when the cancer victim is a child. However, with the advancements in science and medicine, many people who were diagnosed with cancer as children have survived to adulthood. However, the possibility of a relapse cannot be ruled out completely. In fact, many childhood cancer survivors have experienced health issues in later years, which prevented them from working and earning a living.

Such people often depend on Social Security disability benefits to make ends meet. A recent study revealed that childhood cancer survivors are more likely to require SSD benefits compared with those people who never had cancer. The research compared data collected from 698 childhood cancer survivors who were diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986, with data collected from 210 siblings in a healthy control group.

The researchers focused on the enrollment of those two groups into the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs. According to researchers, who are from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, childhood cancer survivors are five times more likely to need SSD benefits than their counterparts who never had cancer.

Researchers observed that while 5.4 percent of the control group enrolled in the SSDI program, the number of enrollments among childhood cancer survivors was almost double at 10 percent. With SSI, the disparity was much higher with 2.6 percent of the control group applying for SSI benefits versus 13.5 percent of childhood cancer survivors.

While SSD benefits for illnesses such as cancer are available, obtaining such benefits is often challenging. Therefore, if a cancer patient is applying for SSD benefits, it may be a wise decision to seek legal representation. A lawyer's help will not only enable the applicant to understand the entire SSD benefits process but it will also help the applicant to possibly obtain the benefits without incurring unnecessary stress.

Source: Healio.com, "Childhood cancer survivors likely to need federal income assistance as adults," Anne C. Kirchhoff, PhD, MPH, May 27, 2015

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