The U.S. Social Security Administration already covers both pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, more common forms of the cancer, as part of the Compassionate Allowances program for years, but pericardial mesothelioma was never included – until now.
SSA has added pericardial mesothelioma to its Compassionate Allowances list, accelerating the disabilities application process for this very rare cancer.
The Compassionate Allowances program is reserved for severe medical diseases and conditions that automatically meet Social Security standards for disability benefits. It cuts short the often drawn-out application process.
States the SSA:
Pericardial Mesothelioma is a rare asbestos-related cancer that originates in the pericardium, the protective membrane lining the heart. This type of mesothelioma is very rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of malignant mesothelioma cases.
Clinical symptoms and signs are frequently nonspecific, and the diagnosis is usually made after surgery or at autopsy.
This form of cancer is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 50 and 70, with the median age being 55. Approximately 60 percent of cases occur in men.
Due to its rarity and nonspecific symptoms, it is usually diagnosed late when the disease burden is extensive.
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