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Breast Cancer awareness is important in order to cure the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We think it is important to raise awareness about this type of cancer because knowledge saves lives.  In the U.S., almost 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer.

Statistics indicate that in the United States alone, almost 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be found, along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.  For women, breast cancer death rates are higher than for those of any other cancer, except for lung cancer.

Most of us know a family member or friend who is fighting breast cancer or is a survivor of this disease. Unfortunately, most of us also know someone who has lost the fight.

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Signs of breast cancer can include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, skin dimpling, nipple fluid, or red scaly skin. The spread of the disease includes bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, yellow skin, and shortness of breath. One can recover from breast cancer if it is caught in time.  Breast cancer does not need to lead to disability or death.

Risk factors for having breast cancer include being female. Although, in 2017, 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer occurred in men. Other factors that can cause breast cancer to develop. These include obesity, drinking alcohol, radiation, late life pregnancy or no pregnancy.

Learn more about SSD and SSI benefits for breast cancer. On this site, we explain how to win SSD benefits and hire an attorney to help you with your SSD case. If you have breast cancer and are going to be off work for 12 months or more, then you should apply for SSDI benefits. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.


Additionally, other factors include genetics, family history of breast cancer, and hormone therapy during menopause.  Importantly, breast cancer may come from specific genes. These genes are BRCA1 and BRCA2. You can get genetic testing to determine if you have the gene. There are many organizations that also offer support. If you are considering genetic testing, then see the list below for resources:

Bright Pink
Offers online social support for young women considering genetic testing for BRCA1, BRCA2 and other gene mutations related to breast cancer.

Department of Health and Human Services – Affordable Care Act
Find information on health coverage for genetic testing and counseling under the Affordable Care Act.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Provides online and telephone social support for people considering genetic testing for BRCA1, BRCA2 and other inherited gene mutations related to breast cancer.

Myriad Financial Assistance Program
Provides financial assistance for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing for people who qualify.

National Cancer Institute – BRCA Mutations: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing
Find information on BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing.


Death rates have been decreasing from breast cancer since 1989. Much of the decrease, however, is due to treatment advances. Of course, death rates are also lower due to better awareness. Increased understanding of breast cancer leads to earlier detection of the disease. Monthly self-exams are important. As is getting a mammogram.

Too many families have lost family members to this disease.  Use this month to donate to the cure for cancer. Or, run a 5K and raise money for the cause. Better yet, get a mammogram and tell your family members and friends to do the same. Finally, you can donate to research to stop this disease. Below please find some of the places where you can donate to prevent breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer Foundation 

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation 

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation  


Use this month to spread the word about stopping breast cancer. Additionally, make sure that you take the time to perform your own exam and get a mammogram. Encourage all of the women you know to do the same. If you have any concern that you may have breast cancer, then see a doctor. If you have questions about whether or not you qualify for SSD and SSI benefits, then call or contact our law firm. We want to see the end of this disease. Donate and take action today.


During your SSD benefits case, our attorneys and staff help you collect your medical records. Medical records are crucial to winning your case. Learn more here about the importance of medical records. Once the evidence is complete, your case will be ready for a hearing. Your day in court is before a judge from the SSA. And, you are the main witness.

Prior to court, we will meet with you to talk about the questions the judge will ask at your hearing. We will try to explain what kinds of questions you will have to answer. Also, we will also prepare you to answer those questions. Obviously, you will be answering questions about your breast cancer symptoms and any treatment symptoms. The judge will look at your medical records to see if your breast cancer meets an SSA listing.

Additionally, you will need to be able to talk about your ability to lift, sit, stand, and walk, during an eight hour work day. This is known as your residual functional capacity. You will also need to discuss whether your breast cancer symptoms effects your ability to concentrate and focus on work tasks. Likewise, it is important for the judge to know if you are having fatigue or mental issues that make it difficult for you to get along with other workers and your boss.


In order to hire Cannon Disability Law, all you need to do is call or contact us. We offer a free review of your benefits. And, it doesn’t cost anything to call us.  Better yet, it also doesn’t cost you any upfront money to hire us. Why? Because you only pay us an attorney fee if we win your case. This means if we win your SSD case, then you pay us out of your past due benefits. If you do not win, then there is no attorney fee to pay.

We have won over $100 million in SSD and SSI  benefits for our clients. In our opinion, it has become far more difficult to win Social Security cases over the years. Also, the medical evidence and listing rules are more difficult to meet. Those people who come to the hearing without a lawyer do not usually win benefits.

At our law firm, we can help you apply for benefits. Also, we can help you appeal an SSA denial. Likewise, we can represent you in court. We will also help you know how to testify during your Social Security hearing. If necessary, we can appeal your case to the Appeals Council. Additionally, we file appeals in Federal Court.

In the past 30 years, we have won over 20,000 SSDI and SSI cases for our clients. Our experts can help you file an application for SSI and SSDI benefits using the SSA’s website. Likewise, if you need an appeal, then we can help you do that too. There are also many forms that will need to be filled out. Don’t worry. If you have questions about these forms, then we will answer them. Call us today. We want to be your Social Security legal team.

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