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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and SSDI benefits

As we approach the middle of October here in Minnesota, you may have noticed that in addition to the leaves changing colors, more pink ribbons are popping up in places as well. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And although breast cancer affects thousands of Minnesotans all year long, this month encourages folks to become more aware of how to notice the symptoms of breast cancer and to know when to go in to the doctor for screenings. This month also raises more awareness of how cancer can affect patients and their families.

It is estimated that about one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. The American Cancer Society has estimated that more than 225,000 women will be diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer by the end of this year. Nearly 40,000 women will die from the disease in 2012.

Breast cancer can be a physically and emotionally draining disease, and in some cases, women may be so exhausted from the effects of aggressive forms of treatment that they may not be able to work while they fight the disease. Instead of worrying about supporting one's family while also trying to beat cancer, women should understand that they may be entitled to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits after they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

When someone is first diagnosed with breast cancer, the news may be shocking. Patients also have many questions that simply cannot be answered right away. Has the cancer spread to other parts of the body? Is it treatable? What type of treatment will be best? Not knowing these answers can create a lot of stress. And even thinking about medical expenses may add to this stress as well if women find that it is too difficult to work while receiving treatment.

For those who cannot work or earn more than $1,000 per month while living with breast cancer, SSDI benefits may help alleviate some of the financial stress that comes with breast cancer. During treatment, women can try to alleviate their emotional stress by seeking support from family and friends, getting good rest, eating healthy foods and even exercising if at all possible.

Source: Fox News, "The uncertainty that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis," Dr. Daemon Jones, Oct. 10, 2012

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