Ontario needs to fund more frequent PAP tests to detect Cervical Cancer
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Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Ontario needs to fund more frequent PAP tests to detect Cervical Cancer

    1. Jessica Grigg
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Grigg

      Oshawa, Canada

The Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) previously covered one PAP test a year which included cervical cancer screening. Effective January 1, 2013, in an effort to cut costs the province now only covers the cost of a test once every three years. The change will save the government millions of dollars while negatively affecting women's health and well being. Without the funding for more frequent PAP tests and cervical cancer screenings, fewer women with cervical cancer will have been diagnosed in its earlier and more easily treated stages.

My story: From the time I was 16 until I was 22 years of age, I had a PAP test completed every 6 months (I tested every 6 months as I live with a history of Endometriosis) all which came back normal. My last normal PAP test was completed in January 2011. When I tested again in July 2011 at age 22, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I had no signs or symptoms or reason to believe something was wrong. Within just 6 months after a normal PAP test result, my cervical cancer was detected by another PAP test. Soon after, during my fight with treatment, my ovarian cancer was detected. If I had waited three years for my next PAP test due to OHIP funding, I would still not know of my cervical or even ovarian cancer today. I would not have even begun my fight against cancer yet. I would have been deprived of the last year and a half I have been given to fight. Who knows what stage my cancer would be in today or where it would have spread.

*An estimated 1,350 women in Canada were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012.
*Out of those 1,350 women, there was an estimated 390 deaths.

Without more frequent PAP testing and screening for cervical cancer, the number of early detection cases can only decrease raising the possibility of more deaths.

How many more women will have to suffer or die before the Government of Ontario realizes what is really important: saving money or saving lives?

Save the lives and quality of life for yourself, your mother, sister, aunt, daughter, best friend and women of the future.

Please sign this petition to help save lives today.

*Statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Ontario needs to fund more frequent PAP tests to detect Cervical Cancer

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. We Made the Newspaper!

      Jessica Grigg
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone! Thanks for the continued support! Together we can spread the awareness. We made the newpaper today. Check it out in The Oshawa Express http://www.oshawaexpress.ca/viewposting.php?view=4448

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. More Support! Newspaper article coming!

      Jessica Grigg
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone for signing and sharing this petition. Keep up the good work! I would like to send a BIG thank you to Lindsey with the Oshawa Express newspaper for conducting and interview with me this afternoon. Please remember to check out the Oshawa Express newspaper on Wednesday March 20 for more awareness on our cause and this petition!

      Keep sharing everyone. We're doing great!

    5. Reached 250 signatures
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      Jessica Grigg
      Petition Organizer

      By sharing this link with friends and family you are helping us spread awareness and get more signatures. Please continue to share our cause by word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter (@JessGrigg) or any way you can! Every single signature counts.

      Thank you all for your continued efforts and support. Lets beat cancer together!

    7. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanne Bacik STONEY CREEK, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because a 3 year wait between tests might be disastrous to find possible cancer cells

    • Colleen Ranney BRUSSELS, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      I was diagnosed with abnormals cells at the age of 14- Before you get all shocked. I was sexually abused as a child and got the HPV virus. _ this law needs to change!!!! I am 40 years old now and still having abnormal cells- I just feel this new law has made a way to kill off the sexually abused girls. and it makes me angry they are not even considered in the study that made this so. If i wasnt checked when i was 14 I would be dead- Killed by an abuser!! Please change this law

    • Debra Layfield WILMINGTON, DE
      • 4 months ago

      Early detection can be critical to prevent what could be otherwise be fatal. For something so easy to treat when found early, to leave unattended for years, would is just irrational. Let's not take huge steps back. Keep the forward progress that has been made.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      What is abdominal cancer?

      Abdominal cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the abdomen, the area between the lower chest and the groin. The abdomen consists of many organs, including the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, esophagus, and numerous blood vessels. Abdominal cancer is a general term for a variety of cancers.

      Common forms of abdominal cancers include:

      Colorectal cancer

      Liver cancer

      Pancreatic cancer

      Kidney cancer (renal cell cancer)

      Stomach cancer (gastric cancer)

      Rare forms of abdominal cancer include:

      Adrenocortical cancer (cancer of the adrenal glands, a pair of organs that produce hormones)

      Primary peritoneal cancer (cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen that covers many abdominal organs)

      Peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen that is caused by exposure to asbestos)

      Normally, cells in the abdomen that are old or damaged will stop dividing and die. These cells are replaced by healthy young cells. Abdominal cancer occurs when old or damaged cells divide and multiply uncontrollably. This generally results in the development of a malignant mass of tissue (tumor) in the specific organ of the abdomen.

      If left untreated, abdominal cancer cells can continue to multiply and spread to other parts of the body—a process called metastasis. As abdominal cancer progresses, it interferes with vital processes and functions of the organ where it began and the organs where it has spread, such as the lymphatic system, lungs, and other abdominal organs.

      Abdominal cancer can be fatal, especially if undetected and untreated. Prognosis of abdominal cancer varies depending on the type of cancer and the stage of advancement; your age, medical history, and coexisting conditions or diseases; and other factors.

      For example, colorectal cancer often develops from noncancerous adenomatous intestinal polyps in the colon that can become malignant or cancerous over time. Prognosis is excellent when intestinal polyps are detected and removed before cancer develops. Prognosis is also good if the cancer cells have not spread outside the polyp. Regular screening, such as a colonoscopy, can look for early signs of colorectal cancer.

      Other types of abdominal cancer, especially pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, and liver cancer, can be more difficult to detect and treat and have a bleaker prognosis, especially if diagnosed in later stages of the disease.

      Abdominal cancer can lead to life-threatening complications and be fatal. Seeking regular medical care offers the best chances of discovering abdominal cancer in its earliest, most curable stage. If you have abdominal cancer, following your treatment plan may help reduce your risk of serious complications.


      What are the symptoms of abdominal cancer?

      Symptoms of abdominal cancer vary depending on the specific type of cancer, stage of advancement, and other factors. Many people experience no symptoms in the early stages of some forms of abdominal cancer, such as colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer. Symptoms of abdominal cancer can also be vague and similar to symptoms of other diseases, disorders and conditions.


      What causes abdominal cancer?

      Abdominal cancer occurs when old or damaged cells divide and multiply uncontrollably. The underlying cause of this varies depending on the specific form of cancer.


      How is abdominal cancer treated?

      Treatment of abdominal cancer begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows a health care professional to best provide early screening tests, such as digital exams and fecal occult blood tests. Regular medical care also provides an opportunity for your health care professional to promptly evaluate symptoms and your risks of developing abdominal cancer and order diagnostic testing. These measures may increase the chances of detecting abdominal cancer in its earliest, most curable stage.

    • a zafirov ORLEANS, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      To Jessica: your story is very moving, you can win this battle, just need to spread the word - contact other newspapers and TV stations like CTV W5: http://www.ctvnews.ca/more/contact-ctv-news , or CBC Marketplace: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/

      Even if they don't cover your story, ask them to refer you to reporters or journalists who will

      Find out famous Ontarians, like Alanis Morisette, Avril Lavigne (http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/ ), and contact her Foundation, or through Facebook /Twitter, because they have lots of fans, and one twit from Avril would mean a lot. Here is a list of notable people from Ontario:


      Write to 2-3 famous Ontarians every week, somebody will respond.

      I know You can beat this condition, and can be the agent of change - the hero of Ontario women in the fight for cancer prevention!


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