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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

Sep 23, 2014 Elak Swindell
Sep 23, 2014 Maite Arauz
Sep 21, 2014 Leanna Dever
Sep 19, 2014 Greatest Ever
Sep 17, 2014 Nancy Wein
Sep 16, 2014 Carol Page
Sep 16, 2014 Bridget Renk
Sep 16, 2014 Justin C Millett
Sep 16, 2014 Larry Branson
Sep 15, 2014 sheena welch
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 Bernadette Richardson
Sep 11, 2014 Elaine Barrett My father was diagnosed and successfully treated for breast cancer many years ago. What on earth difference does gender make when dealing with disease! Denying a man treatment for this disease is patently unfair. Please help this man.
Sep 11, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Sep 9, 2014 Frieda Robinson My sister-in-law, her brother & sister died from Breast cancer. It does happen to men! Everyone should get the treatment they need! It's enough to suffer cancer without having to suffer fighting for treatment!
Sep 9, 2014 heidi heiss
Sep 8, 2014 Celinda maw
Sep 8, 2014 Kathy Costa
Sep 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2014 Daniel Coe
Sep 8, 2014 nicole schirrmann
Sep 8, 2014 andrea prado Men are at risk too it should be covered.
Sep 8, 2014 Paulette Fay
Sep 8, 2014 Tony Lilich
Sep 8, 2014 carol scott
Sep 8, 2014 jeri williams
Sep 8, 2014 KAREN GRAY Medicaid, please stop refusing coverage to men who have breast cancer.
Sep 8, 2014 diane archer Make people aware of men with breast cancer
Sep 8, 2014 Nicoli Manley
Sep 8, 2014 Mia Valdez-Castillo
Sep 8, 2014 Angela Schmidt
Sep 8, 2014 Pam Wilson
Sep 8, 2014 suzanne chapis
Sep 8, 2014 Christine cramp
Sep 8, 2014 Antonella Bacchini
Sep 8, 2014 Dawn St clair
Sep 8, 2014 lucy walden
Sep 8, 2014 Stephanie McCurry While I was going thru my 1st diagnosis, I became good friends with a man who was going thru the same treatments as me. He was just as sick as I was. PLEASE don't deny men with breast cancer!!
Sep 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2014 Eileen Paetz
Sep 8, 2014 Ileen McErlean Sad, but it is a fact...Men can share this deadly disease also...Have them checked...Women and Men!!
Sep 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2014 Helen Brunk Breast cancer runs in our family make as well as female. Please help fight for men to have the available testing and treatments. Cancer is an equal opportunity disease and killer!
Sep 7, 2014 Patricia Vanhoolandt
Sep 6, 2014 TUSHAR SEN
Sep 6, 2014 Ashleigh Ahrens
Sep 6, 2014 Denise Woodham
Sep 6, 2014 Ginette Collerette
Sep 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2014 Jeri Zimmermann My daughter did not get her mammogram soon enough and now she is gone! Do it!

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