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Petition to Patty Hajdu, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Dr. Theresa Tam, The Honourable Erin O'Toole

Demand that Canada's Health Minister reject dangerous breast cancer screening guidelines

Thousands of Canadian women will die if the new breast cancer screening guidelines are not revised. In December 2018, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care issued guidelines on breast cancer screening for women of average risk. These guidelines are used by 43,000 Canadian family physicians in their interactions with 9 million women aged 40-74.  Here’s how the guidelines put women’s lives at risk: 1.  The guidelines ignore expert advice: There are no breast cancer experts on the Task Force. They consulted experts, but ignored their input. At this point, over 130 breast cancer experts have strongly criticized the guidelines.  2.  The guidelines ignore the importance of screening for women in their 40s: One sixth of breast cancer deaths and 24% of the years of life lost to breast cancer are in women diagnosed in their 40s. Even with statistics like these, the Task Force does not recommend screening for women in their 40s. As a result, 4,000 Canadian women will die over the next decade if this recommendation is followed. 3.  The guidelines advise against breast self-exams: These exams are an important measure women can take to increase early detection of breast cancer, especially in women with dense breasts. 4.  The guidelines exaggerate the harms of recalling women for additional testing after a mammogram: About 10% of women are recalled for additional images and this may cause anxiety. The Task Force considers this anxiety a harm and uses it to dissuade women from screening. The anxiety is not long lasting. Better safe than sorry. 5.  The guidelines ignore significant health benefits of early cancer detection: The Task Force does not acknowledge the benefits of avoiding chemotherapy, avoiding mastectomy and avoiding lymphedema. 6.  The guidelines ignore current data: The Task Force relies on outdated and flawed studies. The obsolete studies estimate that women are 15-20% less likely to die if they have breast screening. Current studies show that women who have mammograms are actually 40-44% less likely to die of breast cancer than those who do not. 7.  The guidelines ignore the risks of breast density: The risks of dense breasts have been known for 40 years. Dense breasts increase the risk of developing breast cancer and increase the risk that cancer will be masked on a mammogram. The guidelines ignore the benefits of supplemental screening for women with dense breasts. 8.  Women are being asked to make decisions about life-saving screening based on inaccurate information: Using the new guidelines women may make decisions that may ultimately lead to a late diagnosis, unnecessary suffering and a poorer prognosis. All Canadians should be outraged by these guidelines. Canadian women and their healthcare practitioners deserve to have accurate information about the benefits of screening. Please sign and share this petition. Tell Health Minister Patty Hajdu that the new screening guidelines for breast cancer must be rejected because they are dangerous and will cause loss of life. We appreciate the thought, but there's no need to pay to promote the petition.Your signing and sharing is all that is needed. For more information about the issues associated with the Task Force guidelines, please visit         

Dense Breasts Canada
84,956 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Ontario Government, Government of Canada

The Need for Affordable Child Care for Ontario

THE CASE FOR WHY ONTARIO URGENTLY NEEDS $10/DAY CHILD CARE It is a tough and stressful time with wild inflation affecting every aspect of our lives in every purchase that we make. Grocery bills have risen 4.4% since June 2021, gas 9.2% since June 2021*.  Average rent in our province is now over $2,100 for 1,000 sq.ft**. of living space - a 3 bedroom apartment. Child care costs approximately 22% of a couple's net family income or a staggering 33% of a single parent's income***. These high costs often affect Canadian’s decisions not to work, as having to pay for child care is cost prohibitive. Women are often affected by this most, with the decision to become a stay-at-home mom to avoid the costs of child care directly contributing to the gender wage gap that exists in Canada. That’s not only bad for families, but has major implications for the economy, as these families have less taxable income. We are aware that the position of the Ontario government is that the federal government should contribute more to the equation than the proposed $10.28B because Ontario currently spends $3.6B on full-day kindergarten and $2.28B on child care****.  However, when you consider that the additional federal support money for child care could then be used to open more child care spaces for parents of children 0-3 years old while simultaneously creating thousands of child care sector jobs the investment that you and the federal government make together will have a significant positive effect on the economy, the mental health and the education of the Ontario population. Allowing for more adults to join the workforce leads to more buyers who contribute to the GDP and to the growth of our province. Also, the more families that are financially stable, the fewer cases of domestic abuse and the fewer children go hungry to school.  Economic benefits. Health benefits. Education benefits. Family benefits. We call upon the Government of Ontario to accept the federal government's child care subsidy proposal and to urgently create and submit a plan to the federal government for this funding. REFERENCES CITED *Monthly average retail prices for food and other selected products - Statistics Canada, ** November 2021 Rent Report, ***Average Child Care Fees in Canada, 2018 - CTV News, ****Ontario's 'fair share' of $10.2B child-care deal puts province at odds with feds - CBC News,

Alexander MacInnis
11 supporters