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By 2024 Cancer Survivor Rates Expected to Rise to Nearly 19 Million

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A new report indicates that the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. will significantly increase by the year 2024. Currently that number stands at about 14.5 million survivors but it’s expected to reach close to 19 million.

According to the American Cancer Society, early detection and improved forms of treatment have helped increase survival rates. But it doesn’t mean surviving cancer doesn’t come with challenges. Access to quality care and financial burdens are just some of those.

The following are the most common types of cancer that patients survived in 2014:

  • prostate (men) – 43 percent of male survivors;
  • breast (women) – 41 percent of female survivors;
  • colorectal (men) – 9 percent;
  • colorectal (women) – 8 percent;
  • uterine (women) – 8 percent; and
  • melanoma (men) – 8 percent.

They also found that the age of survivors varied significantly according to the type of cancer. An example is that 32 percent of people who survived melanoma are ages 70. But 64 percent of survivors of prostate cancer are in the 70 and up age group.

The second most common cancer diagnosed, lung cancer, has a low rate of survival. In fact, it ranks as the eighth most common cancer that patients survive.

Cancer sometimes qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. Even those expected to survive can face difficulties working. But it still doesn’t guarantee eligibility. Certain types of cancer must meet strict guidelines, while others qualify for immediate approval.

Also, disability might only be available for a limited time; for instance, cancer expected to prove medically. To learn more about qualifying and the types of evidence necessary to recover benefits, seek legal advice. a representative at Disability Help Group can help. Call us at 1-(800)-800-3332.