Breast Cancer: Man Denied Mammogram Because Of Gender

Breast cancer in a man is less common than it is in women, and for one southwest Florida resident, that has posed a life-threatening issue.

According to, Donald Mudd developed a painful lump in the last several weeks. The lump had grown to the size of a golf ball. When Mudd went to see his physician, he was told he would need a mammogram, but he soon found out that for men, that’s easier said than done.

Without insurance, Mudd tried to get the procedure done at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, which offers mammogram specials for Breast Cancer Awareness Month — just not if the breast cancer is in a man apparently.

“I got transferred a number of times with the same result… that males don’t qualify for the mammogram cancer screening,” Mudd said, adding that he tried “about six different organizations,” but to no avail.

“I was a little bit in shock to even find out that men could have breast cancer, and then I find out that because of my gender those programs are not available to men,” Mudd said.

According to Breast Health Navigator Kathy Shepard, “The majority of the people who are screened and treated for breast cancer are women but there are more and more men who have breast cancer issues, and the reality is, not too many people are aware of that.”

As a result, she said, it can be tougher for male patients to get the help they need.

Luckily, Fox4Now‘s “Four in Your Corner” campaign was able to dig and get Mudd an appointment at Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Clinic in Port Charlotte, with the help of Susan G. Komen Foundation of Southwest Florida.

In other Breast Cancer Awareness news, The Inquisitr recently reported on a new nipple injection procedure that would help fight the disease as well as how ACA (aka Obamacare) will push for genetic testing and preventive services that could help people like Mudd.

Do you think breast cancer in a man, being less common, should have any bearing on services that a hospital is required to offer?

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