PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man is waking up with feelings of relief and gratitude today. Last week, Fox 4 brought you the story of Donald Mudd, who- because of his gender- had a hard time finding somewhere to get a discounted mammogram for a golf-ball sized lump in his chest. Fox 4 got Mudd a free mammogram and biopsies and yesterday, Mudd found out he doesn't have breast cancer.
"I'm still kind of emotional to be honest with you," Mudd said. "It caused a lot of sleepless nights and the waiting was probably the worst."
Although Mudd doesn't have cancer, he does have a message for all men.
"If you find abnormalities, if you find that you're in pain, it warrants being checked because it's just not something that's going to go away," he said.
Last week, Mudd didn't know men could get breast cancer. After going through this, he hopes to raise awareness for other men about the risk of getting breast cancer. Mudd said people from all over the country reached out to him offering support after the original story aired on Fox 4. Now, even the men in his family are getting checked.
While Mudd is fortunate, other men aren't as fortunate. Kay Castellano of North Fort Myers lost her husband two years ago to breast cancer. He died exactly two months after finding a lump in his chest.
"I want every single man and woman in this country, in this world to know, it's not a woman's disease, cancer does not discriminate," Castellano said.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 400 will die from it. Because men don't get screened for breast cancer, they usually are diagnosed at a later stage when a mass has already presented itself.
"There's the same survival rate with treatment for male breast cancer and female breast cancer, but males don't get diagnosed as soon," said Dr. Lea Blackwell, Breast Surgeon at Lee Memorial Health System.
If you need to get information on a screening, contact Susan G. Komen of Southwest Florida at 239-498-0016.