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Study Examines Connections Between Depression and Breast Cancer, Allsup Reports
Date:10/22/2013

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

Each year an estimated 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. As recent research shows a link between depression and breast cancer, it’s important that individuals with breast cancer understand their options through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, according to Allsup, which has helped hundreds of thousands of people receive their SSDI benefits.

“Breast cancer ranks No. 1 when it comes to those people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for cancer-related diagnoses,” said David Bueltemann, manager of senior claimant representatives at Allsup. “It’s also important to note that individuals with cancer can experience depression, which may be another factor in their SSDI application.”

Conducted by UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, a study was published in the Aug. 12 online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology showing a reduction in depressive symptoms to breast cancer patients who chronicled their experiences online. Researchers gathered data from 88 breast cancer patients ages 28 to 76. The women were either assigned to a group that learned how to create personal websites or a control group that didn’t.

Participants in the website group received training on how the sites could help them express their emotions about cancer, provide status updates to friends and family members, and let loved ones know how they could help. The control group was offered the training after the study.

“As cancer patients grow more ill, perhaps documenting their symptoms online may provide relief,” Bueltemann said. “It’s also imperative for women to always apprise their doctors of the symptoms they experience, especially when ap
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