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Gender shouldn't matter when it comes to treating breast cancer. Though breast cancer is less likely to occur for men, still, close to 2,000 men are diagnosed in the US each year. Raymond Johnson of South Carolina was denied coverage for breast cancer treatment by Medicaid on the grounds he's not female.

Male breast cancer, although less common, is no different than female breast cancer. In terms of prognosis, treatment, and the emotional effects, a diagnosis for a man carries the same weight as that for a woman. There is no scientific basis in refusing a man coverage simply because he is a man.

We have come a long way with gender equality, and not providing this man with the care he needs will only set us back — and more importantly, could have dire implications for his health.

Write to Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. demanding that he stop the discrimination and give men with breast cancer the coverage they need.

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Dear Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.,

I was shocked to learn that Medicaid denied coverage for a breast cancer patient. In a rare case, Raymond Johnson of South Carolina was diagnosed with male breast cancer, but Medicaid rules say that men are barred from coverage for this type of cancer.

Though it occurs much less frequently than in women, male breast cancer is no less serious or life changing. There is no scientific or biological reason that Raymond Johnson needs the treatment any less than any other woman with breast cancer.

I find it appalling that you would deny coverage simply based on gender. The United States has come a long way in the arena of gender equality, and your actions only serve to set us back.

Please reconsider your decision and help Raymond Johnson get on his road to treatment and recovery — just like you would do for a woman.


Petition Signatures

Apr 23, 2014 Ade Sicilia Tunggal
Apr 23, 2014 Nanci MEAD We All Desrve The Very Best!
Apr 23, 2014 Roxanne Gritman
Apr 23, 2014 Vicki Hambrick
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) Are a mans breasts and his life LESS important than a womans? Is a fathers life less important than the Mothers?
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) I know male victims of breast cancer and it is more common than you realize. We are long overdue to support breast cancer funding for men.
Apr 19, 2014 dawn brown
Apr 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2014 Jendi Taylor
Apr 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2014 Wayne Scott
Apr 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2014 Alice Warmouth
Mar 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2014 Vikki Fielden It is truly shameful to try to save money by denying men coverage for breast cancer. What's next – denying coverage for skin cancer to people of color?
Mar 30, 2014 Brian Maloney
Mar 30, 2014 Marcia Lunsford
Mar 30, 2014 Martha Whitman
Mar 30, 2014 Pamela Woodward My son has had 2 benign lumps taken out of his breasts. Luckily they were not cancerous as breast cancer runs in our family. Males need the same coverage as females because there are males with the genetic make up that might cause breast cancer .
Mar 30, 2014 melek korel
Mar 30, 2014 Gloria Paz What if it were your father, brother, husband or son? Breast cancer does not discriminate, and neither should you!
Mar 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2014 Elaine Greene
Mar 30, 2014 sarah healey
Mar 29, 2014 Rebecca Dafler
Mar 29, 2014 Beth Kleinstuber
Mar 29, 2014 Tara Spicer
Mar 29, 2014 jen liss Breast Cancer took my mother...don't let it take anyone's father. Cancer is cancer...family is family...people are people...insurance coverage could be the only difference between surviving or not...please change that...
Mar 29, 2014 Rose Saunders
Mar 29, 2014 Rose Reed
Mar 29, 2014 Norma Vara
Mar 29, 2014 Francis M. Holter while women will never have prostate cancer..men will & do contract breat caner..why be sexist about caner treatment ??? if the condition exists treat it....and no these men didn't get breast augmentation as women sometime do...NAMASTE
Mar 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) I am continually amazed at the stupidity of our supposedly medical and insurance people. Cancer is cancer, no matter where it is for men and women alike. Grow up.
Mar 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2014 Mary Di Pietro
Mar 25, 2014 William Kuehnling
Mar 25, 2014 Jon Abbey
Mar 25, 2014 Tom Pitman
Mar 25, 2014 Jayne Burdick
Mar 25, 2014 Tina Bo
Mar 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2014 Eva lynn DellaGuardia
Mar 24, 2014 Ann Guetterman
Mar 24, 2014 William Sullivan
Mar 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2014 Dana Meyers
Mar 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2014 Carrie Mann
Mar 21, 2014 Marina Korostyleva

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