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Breast cancer is uncontrolled growth of breast cells. These cells take on a different and bizarre appearance compared to their neighboring breast cells. Over time, these cancer cells can grow and invade nearby healthy breast tissue and make their way into the underarm lymph nodes. Once in the lymph nodes, they now have a pathway to other tissues in your body.
About 10 percent of all breast cancers are due to a genetic mutation that we inherit from our mother or father. These are known as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Women with these mutations have up to an 80 percent risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, and they are often diagnosed at a younger age.
An increase in other cancers are also associated with these gene mutations, specifically ovarian cancer. The rest of the cancers we diagnose (90 percent) are not due to heredity, but to genetic alterations of the breast cell due to aging and life in general. We know that certain things we are exposed to increase our risk of breast cancer. Hormone therapy is among those things that we know increase breast cancer risk.
Remember, you can only upload documents to an existing OWCP case file, and the four pieces of identifying information (case number, last name, date of birth and date of injury) must match exactly. ECOMP does not provide a query feature, so if you cannot access a case with the information that you have, please contact your district office.
You can enter the DCN into the Track Status feature in ECOMP to see whether the document has been received by DFEC. Beyond that, however, you would need to contact the district office handling the case for further information regarding the disposition of that document. The claims examiner will NOT need to have the DCN to locate the document.
You can upload the following document types with ECOMP: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .tif, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .doc, and .docx.
Uploading a document to your case file via ECOMP is a one-way transmission, similar to dropping an envelope into a mailbox. Therefore, after you have uploaded a document and it has been incorporated into your case file, you will not be able to view or access the document in ECOMP.
Forms should not be submitted via the “upload document” feature in ECOMP. If your agency enrolls in ECOMP for electronic form filing, you may be able to register and then use the “file a form” portion of ECOMP. If your agency is not enrolled in ECOMP, you will receive a message telling you so and you should contact your agency for instructions on how to file a claim form.
Most documents related to a case file can be submitted via this process in ECOMP, but a few cannot.
Claim forms for new injuries and/or compensation (CA‐1, CA‐2, CA2a, CA‐5 and CA‐7) must be submitted through the Employing Agency. Some agencies use a different component of ECOMP for this process, but check with your Supervisor or Injury Compensation Specialist for more information on filing these forms. Also, CA‐16 forms issued by the Employing Agency should not be uploaded via ECOMP.
Medical bills and well as requests for authorization of medical procedures from medical providers, must be submitted through OWCP’s Central Billing and Authorization Facility.
Claims for reimbursement must be submitted through the central mailroom at U.S. Department of Labor, DFEC Central Mailroom, PO Box 8300, London, KY 40742‐8300
A request for an Oral Hearing or a Review of the Written Record with the Branch of Hearings and Review should be addressed to: Branch of Hearings and Review, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, P. O. Box 37117, Washington, DC 20013‐7117. A request for an appeal: The action you take if you don’t agree with a decision made about your benefit. with the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board should be addressed to: Employees' Compensation Appeals Board, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S‐5220, Washington, DC 20210. Review any formal decision you may have received for more information regarding the appellate process.
ECOMP does require Adobe Flash Player. It is not a requirement that you have the latest version, but you must have at least Version 10 or higher.
You do NOT need to register in ECOMP. All you need to upload a document is the case number, as well as the claimant’s last name, date of birth and date of injury.
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To be eligible for assignment to a WTB, a Soldier will require at least six months of complex medical management. Reserve Component Soldiers are also eligible for assignment to a WTB if they become wounded, ill, or injured during mobilization, pre-deployment, post-deployment, or separation from their unit.