PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A Florida man was initially denied a mammogram because of his gender.
Donald Mudd told WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla. that he had a painful lump on his right breast that developed into the size of a golf ball. His physician told him that there was a mass and he needed a mammogram.
Mudd then contacted a hospital that advertised free mammograms during October for ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month.’
“I got transferred a number of times with the same result…that males don’t qualify for the mammogram cancer screening,” Mudd told WFTX.
Mudd said that he tried again with six other organizations, but was rebuffed each time.
“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.
However, reporter Christy Dimond was able to find some help for Mudd from the Susan G. Komen foundation. Mudd was set up with an appointment at a volunteer clinic that gets grant money to provide screening for uninsured patients, regardless of gender.
The American Cancer Society states that about 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed for men on a yearly basis and that 410 men will die annually due to breast cancer.