Cancer is among the illnesses determined by the Social Security Administration as possible qualifying conditions for Social Security disability benefits. One common form of cancer is prostate cancer. The prostate gland is found in males below the bladder, in front of the rectum. The seminal vesicles within the prostate create semen; the urethra is a tube that runs through the middle of the prostate and carries semen and urine out of the body. Nearly all forms of prostate cancer are adenocarcinomas which are initially formed in the gland cells.
Most forms of prostate cancer are slow forming, though some can quickly spread; what is important to note is that many victims who die from prostate cancer are never even aware of their illness until the late stages, as the effects were minimal, and it is not easy for doctors to recognize the condition.
Catching all cancers early is important to improve the likelihood of survival. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for males. Attempts at early detection is becoming more popular in the United States and can be done through blood tests as well as digital rectal exam.
There is still much discussion regarding the importance of screening and detecting prostate cancer in men. Although early detection may prove to be most beneficial, for anyone affected by the disease, if the condition prevents one from maintaining gainful employment, he or she may wish to consider reaching out to a legal professional to learn how to proceed in filing for Social Security disability benefits.
Source: American Cancer Society, "What Is Prostate Cancer?" Accessed Mar. 14, 2017