Medical Qualification for Disability Benefits with Cancer

Some cancers respond to treatment quickly. Others are highly aggressive or more advanced at the time of diagnosis. The level of disability for patients with cancer varies greatly from one case to the next. The cancer type determines how the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers your application for benefits. You may have a form of the disease that qualifies for automatic approval, or the type of cancer with which you’ve been diagnosed may be one that doesn’t always get approved for disability. If you can prove you are eligible, disability benefits ensure steady income, and since there are multiple ways to achieve a disability approval, you shouldn’t lose hope. Disability Listings and Medical Qualification The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains …


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Perfect Time to Get Screened.

Did you know that colorectal cancer or ‘colon cancer’ is the second leading cause of cancer death among both men and women nationally? Though this is a scary statistic, the good news is through screening and early detection, colon cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. Colorectal cancer is often referred to as a silent killer because there are often no indications of a problem. Usually by the time symptoms appear, the cancer is already at an advanced stage. Because of this, the American Cancer Society recommends that all men and women with no family history begin screenings at the age of 45. If there is family history, or certain symptoms appear such as: a change in …


The 411 on HPV – Everything you Need to Know

When it comes to the health of you and your kids, having the facts is a healthy place to start. Find out more about the vaccine that can prevent the risk of HPV-related cancers. What happens if a woman gets HPV? If a man gets it? Most of the time our immune system fights the infection and it goes away. However, sometimes it does not. If it does not go away, it can cause warts, precancers, and cancer to develop. We do know that men are less likely to get rid of oral infections than women. I didn’t know that men could get an HPV vaccine. Is this something they should get done too? What if they are already sexually …


3D Mammography FAQ

  What should I expect during my 3D Mammography Exam? The 3D exam is very similar to having a conventional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required with a 3D exam, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you. Who can have a 3D Mammogram? A 3D exam is approved for all women who would undergo a standard mammogram. …


What is 3D Mammography?

Carson Tahoe is thrilled to announce that patients in Douglas County will now have access to leading-edge 3D Mammography (also known as tomosynthesis) technology, exclusively at the Carson Tahoe Minden Medical Center. We’ve all heard time and time again that the best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Annual screening mammography provides patients with the best chance for detecting cancer in the earliest possible stages. Furthermore, research has shown that 3D Mammography specifically, is one of the most advanced forms of diagnostic tests available for the screening of breast cancer, especially for women with dense breast tissue (which is estimated at 40% of women nationwide). Interested in learning how this new, cutting-edge technology works? Simply put, digital mammography with …