Man with breast cancer denied treatment because he wasn’t a woman

In South Carolina breast cancer only threatens life in women despite the fact that man can and do get it

Someone once wrote the law is an ass, and in the case of South Carolina, it’s also a breast, but only in women, because men, apparently, aren’t supposed to have them.  Clearly the authors of this law knew little to nothing about medicine, because if they did they would know that men and do get cancer in their breasts.

man with breast cancer denied treatment because he wasn't a woman

Here’s the story:

Poor old Raymond Johnson discovered last month that he was one of the 2,140 men who get breast cancer each year. But when he tried to use the Medicaid-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 to cover his cancer costs, he found out that he didn’t meet an eligibility requirement: He wasn’t a woman, reports the Post and Courier. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, so this program shouldn’t discriminate,” Johnson complains.

For breast cancer to be covered, it must be diagnosed by an “early detection” program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in South Carolina, the screening program is offered only to women between the ages of 47 and 64. Because men do not qualify for the early screening program, they are not covered by the cancer treatment act. Even South Carolina’s Medicaid officials says this is discriminatory, and have called on Medicaid to change its requirements. Officials say, however, that they’re powerless to help unless the law is changed. “It was shortsighted to exclude men,” said a nurse at the hospital now treating Johnson, in what seemed like the ultimate “understatement.”

What are your thought regarding medical laws that don’t recognize one sex or another when both are vulnerable such as the case of breast cancer.

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5 Responses to Man with breast cancer denied treatment because he wasn’t a woman

  1. Sagacious Hillbilly

    August 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Ridiculous. Anyone with a diagnosis ought to be able to get treatment and coverage. Male breast cancer is not totally uncommon.

  2. Bradley scott

    August 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    What a surprise. The dumbest state in the Union has the dumbest laws. Go figure.

  3. lazersedge

    August 9, 2011 at 3:54 am

    And the surprise is ????

  4. Hrothgir OD

    August 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    TBH, that’s medical insurers doing back flips to not pay out on a wager. The bet is that ‘I’ll get ill with something that needs medical treatment ‘ and if you bet with a normal bookie, you’d get paid. Insurers will argue the jot and tittle until your last descendent is dead.

    and if anyone can recall, Tom Cruise had breast cancer
    http://www.health24.com/Woman/Medical_women/711-3538-3555-3557,25163.asp
    Search that for Tom Cruise and you’ll see what SORT he had too..

  5. RickRay

    August 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    What do you expect, the south is so religious they’d deny men could get breast cancer. Just imagine it wasn’t until the 1800’s before the church would even allow people to use anything that was a pain killer because they believed we deserved to suffer.