South Carolina health officials are petitioning the federal government to overhaul its "discriminatory" Medicaid rules after a local construction worker was denied coverage for breast cancer treatments because he is a man.
Raymond Johnson, 26, found out about his cancer last month. He visited the emergency room after a pain in his chest became unbearable. He already knew he had a lump there but, "being a male," assumed it was a cyst.
When the tests came back, "I found out I had cancer."
Thoughts flashed through his head, he told FoxNews.com. "Is this gonna be it for me? Am I gonna die?"
He stepped outside, he said, and "talked to the Lord." He resolved to do what had to be done to deal with the disease.
"To me it's really dumb. ... It's not as common as a woman having breast cancer, but we do have it," Johnson said.