While the vast majority of our clients are women, there is a small percentage that are men. As Mammography Voucher Program – (MVP) notes below breast cancer and a family history of breast cancer can also impact men. The resources to provide services are limited or in some cases completely unavailable. MVP has educated themselves about community resources and developed internal resources. But as the story below indicates men should also be educated about their family history about breast cancer.
In August Mammography Voucher received a call from the nurse practitioner at Clearwater Free Clinic inquiring if they could assist a 51-year-old male who had presented with an enlarged left breast and possible nipple inversion. His mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 50's. The gentleman was uninsured and low-income. The Florida Breast and Cervical Program will not see men. While there are imaging centers in Pinellas County that would have provided his imaging services if he paid, there are no places he could have gotten treatment assistance if diagnosed. We enrolled him and provided his services without cost to him. Thankfully the findings were benign. He was very grateful and appreciated their assistance.
Another example of how the Mammography Voucher Program is a true safety net program in Pinellas County, Florida.