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Survival rate going up for women with advanced breast cancer

Much awareness has been given to breast cancer, and many people in Alabama either have a loved one or knows someone who suffers from this disease. However, a recent study shows that breast cancer need not be the death knell it once was.

According to a recently published study, the number of women living in the United States who have advanced breast cancer is growing. The study examined the survival rate from 1992 and 1994 and 2005 of women with advanced breast cancer who were less than 50 years old, and found that the five-year survival rate rose from 18 percent to 36 percent. For women between 50-years-old and 64-years-old, the survival rate rose from 19 months to nearly 30 months.

Does a mental condition qualify you for disability benefits?

You may know that disability benefits could be available to individuals who are unable to work due to a physical condition, but you may be unaware of the fact that these benefits could also be available to people who struggle with certain mental conditions. If you or a loved one struggles with a mental disorder, you or your family member may have a rightful claim to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. 

There are many stipulations regarding eligibility for SSDI benefits, and not everyone who applies will be successful the first time, even with a qualifying mental condition. If you think you may be eligible or wish to know more about the application process, you would be wise to first discuss your options with an experienced Alabama attorney.

What are some common war-related injuries veterans face?

America's service members often sacrifice their health in the line of duty, while bravely protecting our country. Veterans from Alabama and nationwide may find that after they return home from active duty, they suffer from a variety of ailments, some of which can be disabling.

Approximately 50 percent of post-deployment medical appointments made by veterans are due to some sort of musculoskeletal pain. This pain could be localized in a person's muscles or in the joints in areas such as the shoulders, neck, back or knees. While regular exercise can help with such issues, these conditions have the potential to be disabling.

Student loan discharge could affect SSD benefits

For better or worse, many people in Mobile carry student loan balances. They may work hard to pay down these balances as much as possible. However, some of them may eventually develop a disabling condition. When their disability prevents them from working, they may have no way to pay back their student loans. That being said, relief may be available, although it comes with a catch.

Federal law permits those who have a disability to seek forgiveness of their student loan balances. According to one source, almost 400,000 people in the nation could possibly take advantage of this, as 80 percent of them do not make any income. In 2014, this demographic had a median net worth of only $200, and on average owed $18,000 in student loans.

Complications of liver disease can lead to disability

Those who have liver disease can attest that it can have a significant effect on every area of their lives. Even if they recognize the signs of liver disease and what may have caused it, serious damage may already have been done.

Let's look at a specific liver disease, cirrhosis. There are a number of causes of cirrhosis. For example, cirrhosis of the liver can occur if a person abuses alcohol, has viral hepatitis or has fatty liver disease not related to alcohol use. There are other, less common, causes of cirrhosis as well. Unfortunately, cirrhosis often doesn't present any symptoms until the damage to one's liver is widespread.

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