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Colon cancer involves cancer cells in the large intestine, also known as the colon, and rectal cancer in the last few inches of the colon. They usually begin with polyps (non-cancerous but abnormal cells). 90% of colon cancer diagnoses are among people over age 50. Risk factors include being Afro-American, Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory intestinal conditions, diabetes, genetics, a low fiber and high fat diet, inactive lifestyle, obesity, smoking, drinking alcohol and previous radiation therapy for other cancers. People who develop polyps are more prone to developing colorectal cancer. While cancer of the small intestine is rare, people with polyps, Crohn’s or celiac disease seem to be more susceptible to this type of cancer. The following listings could allow the SSA to determine you are disabled.

Colon or Rectal Cancer Listing
  • Adenocarcinoma (a cancer that forms in the lining of the intestine) that cannot be treated or removed by surgery or returned after an earlier remission.
  • You have been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus that returns after surgery
  • You have been diagnosed with cancer of the large intestine that spreads to lymph nodes beyond those that surround your tumor
Small Intestine Cancer Listing
  • Surgery did not remove or cannot be performed on the cancer
  • Your cancer returns after an earlier remission, or
  • Your cancer spreads to lymph nodes beyond those that surround your tumor.
If you do not meet the listings above, the SSA must decide if you can still do your old job with the functional limitations caused by your cancer or your colostomy. The use of a colostomy bag in and of itself does not preclude you from working unless you must perform strenuous work which could herniate your stoma (the place where the colostomy bag is attached to the body) or work in an environment with high humidity, heat or vibration that could impact the seal on the colostomy bag. Your doctor may need to provide a Residual Function Capacity (RFC) report which is a detailed evaluation of how your ability to work is affected by your disease.

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