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    I ran out of money and was scraping by when I called Ms. Flynn's office. She, and the good people who work for her, treated me with respect and never talked down to me. The folks in Ms. Flynn's office asked the Social Security people some questions. They wrote letters and made phone calls about my disability case. Faster than I thought possible, I got a letter from SSI stating that I had been approved for benefits, and, that I would get my first check in less than two weeks. I believe that if it had not been for the help from Ms. Flynn, I might still be sending letters to SSI and still not have my benefits."

    — Barry Whitaker
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    • Raising Breast Cancer awareness in African-American women February 14, 2016
      At a past fundraiser for the Sisters Network in Atlanta, GA, I learned of the need for breast cancer awareness in the African American community. Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst all women. cancer/dcpc/data/ women.htm Considering women under age 45, however, the mortality rate of breast cancer is higher for African-Americans than […]
    • Diabetes: How to win a social security disability case before an Adjudicator or ALJ December 10, 2015
      The Social Security Administration (SSA) eliminated Medical Listing 9.08. For complications from diabetes, this listing previously resulted in a finding of disability at step three of the sequential evaluation process for social security disability claims. In fact, effective June 7, 2015, there are no specific endocrine disorder listings anymore for adults. One exception is […]
    • Representatives have a duty to submit all evidence in social security disability cases to the Social Security Administration October 15, 2015
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      Marking a Social Security Milestone August 14, 2015 is the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Few Americans working today can remember a time when Social Security wasn’t part of the social fabric of America. Since the Social Security retirement program was enacted under Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, it has expanded in important ways. In […]

Raising Breast Cancer awareness in African-American women

At a past fundraiser for the Sisters Network in Atlanta, GA, I learned of the need for breast cancer awareness in the African American community. Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst all women. cancer/dcpc/data/ women.htm Considering women under age 45, however, the mortality rate of breast cancer is higher for African-Americans than for Causcasians.

Although black women have the same risk of getting breast cancer as white women, the mortality rate was 42% higher in African-American women by 2012. African-American women are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be diagnosed at later stages with the lowest survival at each stage of diagnosis. Black women are diagnosed more often with triple negative breast cancer, which is an aggressive subtype linked to a lower survival rate.

Roughly 27,060 African-American women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. The average age of diagnosis for African-American women is 57 compared to the average age of 62 for white women. The 5 year survival rate for African-American women diagnosed with breast cancer from 2002 to 2008 was 12% lower in comparison to the rates among white women. This gap in mortality is attributed to factors such as lack of preventative awareness, late detection, socioeconomic status, no health insurance, and difficulty accessing medical care.

A woman’s best overall preventive health strategy is to reduce known risk factors such as avoiding weight gain and obesity, engaging in regular physical activity, and minimizing alcohol consumption and tobacco use. Women should also consider the increased risk of breast cancer associated with combined estrogen and progestin menopausal hormone therapy when evaluating treatment options for menopausal symptoms. Unfortunately, there are risk factors unrelated to personal choices including but not limited to aging, genetics, family history of breast cancer, personal history of breast cancer, age/number of menstrual periods, race/ethnicity, dense breast tissue, and certain benign breast conditions. More information about breast cancer is available in the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts and Figures, at

Getting a proper mammogram is important regardless of race or ethnicity. All women in their 20’s and 30’s should have a clinical breast exam with regular health checkups at least once every three years, and women in their 40’s should have a clinical breast exam annually along with a mammogram. All women should perform self-exams monthly and inform their doctor of anything abnormal. /moreinformation/ breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs According to the American Cancer Society, 2-4 mammograms out of 1,000 reveal a diagnosis of breast cancer. Ten percent of all women who have a mammogram will need additional testing such as a repeat mammogram or biopsy. Of the eight to ten percent of those who require a biopsy, 20 percent are diagnosed with cancer.

A mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center, recognizes the importance of attending individual or group counseling since emotional, mental, social and behavioral factors can directly affect the health of breast cancer survivors. Call the Atlanta Southern Regional Chapter of the Sisters Network at (770) 347-8926 for a breast cancer support group near you. The Sisters Network also has a Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) which provides financial assistance for medical related lodging, office visit copays, prostheses, and free mammograms. For additional support groups, therapy and counseling options, visit http:// or visit http://

One way to qualify for social security disability benefits is to meet the requirements of Medical Listing 13.10 for Breast Cancer as follows:

13.10 Breast Cancer (except sarcoma—13.04) (See 13.00K4.)

A. Locally advanced cancer (inflammatory carcinoma, cancer of any size with direct extension to the chest wall or skin, or cancer of any size with metastases to the ipsilateral internal mammary nodes).
B. Carcinoma with metastases to the supraclavicular or infraclavicular nodes, to 10 or more axillary nodes, or with distant metastases.
C. Recurrent carcinoma, except local recurrence that remits with anticancer therapy.
D. Small-cell (oat cell) carcinoma.
E. With secondary lymphedema that is caused by anticancer therapy and treated by surgery to salvage or restore the functioning of an upper extremity. (See 13.00K4b.) Consider under a disability until at least 12 months from the date of the surgery that treated the secondary lymphedema. Thereafter, evaluate any residual impairment(s) under the criteria for the affected body system.

Call the Law office of Kathleen M Flynn, LLC at 404-479-4431 if you would like assistance with filing a DIB or SSI application, Request for Reconsideration, Request for Hearing, Request for Review or help in expediting your case for social security disability benefits. Also, please visit our website at to learn more about us.