Cancer is a devastating disease that affects the lives of millions of Americans each year. Advancements in medical technology have improved the mortality rates of the disease, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the victim won’t need assistance for years to come.
As an example, the Social Security Disability Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers point to a new study that shows childhood cancer survivors are more likely to need federal assistance later in life.
According to an article from Medical Xpress, researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah were able to determine that children who were diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986 are five times more likely to receive Social Security Disability benefits than children of the same age who didn’t receive a cancer diagnosis.
The likelihood of depending on Social Security Disability benefits for financial assistance was found to increase when the diagnosis was made earlier in life. Those who were under age four when they received their cancer diagnoses were up to seven times more likely to need Social Security Disability benefits later in life.
Rates of childhood cancer survivors receiving Supplemental Security Income were even higher.
Our Texas personal injury lawyers at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties that can come with a childhood diagnosis of cancer. This study just goes to show how difficult it is to identify all the the long-lasting effects of serious and devastating diseases such as childhood cancer.