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Are some forms of cancer actually blood diseases?

Many Los Angeles residents may only think about Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in terms of work-related injuries. However, a person may be eligible for SSD benefits, regardless of how a disability arises. In many cases, the disability may arise from a disease that has nothing to do with the person's occupation. Blood diseases, for instance, are a type of illness that may qualify a Los Angeles resident to receive SSD benefits. And, there are many different types of blood diseases.

In fact, some people may wonder -- Do some forms of cancer fall into the category of blood diseases? The short answer, "Yes." Diseases, like leukemia and lymphoma, are cancers that are found in a person's blood and plasma cells. These diseases are not only debilitating, they are potentially deadly as well.

Most of our readers have probably heard of leukemia, but they may not know the effects of having this disease. When Los Angeles residents suffer from leukemia, their bodies produce abnormal white blood cells, which are not able to fight infections properly. The disease also prevents the body from producing the appropriate amount of platelets and red blood cells. The disease can lead to death.

Lymphoma is another disease that can impact a person's immune system. This blood cancer can lead to a build-up of lymphoma cells in certain areas in the body, which can in turn, become cancerous.

Los Angeles residents who have been diagnosed with a blood disease or blood cancer may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits for the illness. Doing so may provide much needed financial assistance.

Source: Hematology.org, "Blood Cancers," accessed on Aug. 28, 2016

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