Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk has sponsored E-Petition-1819 on behalf of the Canadian Thyroid Patients Campaign, bringing to the Government’s attention the need to ensure that patients with Thyroid Disease continue to have equitable access to all thyroid drugs approved by Health Canada and to keep doctors updated on the various different types of treatments available to patients.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is located near the base of the neck and is composed of two lobes. Its purpose is to secrete hormones that regulate your body’s growth and metabolism. It’s estimated that over 200 million people worldwide are affected by thyroid disease. Here in Canada approximately 4 out of 10 Canadians will contract thyroid disease, but only fifty percent will get properly diagnosed.
Of those diagnosed, some will be hyperthyroid or overactive, which means that there is too much thyroid hormone in the body due to an overproduction caused by the gland. Others will be diagnosed as hypothyroid or underactive, which means that the thyroid gland is not producing enough T3 and T4 hormones. Still others will develop thyroid cancer, which has a very high cure rate. While all are treatable, it is vital to get an early diagnosis.
Early warning signs can be in the form of sudden weight loss or gain, fatigue, nervous tremors, and a high sensitivity to heat, cold or light.
If thyroid disease goes undiagnosed or untreated, it can have serious long-term health consequences. With hyperthyroid disease, this can include vision problems, fertility challenges, and joint issues.
“As someone with Graves’ Disease, I wish that the medical community, and I, had been better educated on the early warning signs and symptoms so that I could have been treated much sooner than I was.” said Diane Finley. “Thyroid disease knows no age and can affect anyone from a baby to a senior. I encourage all Canadians to learn the early warning signs and to see a doctor right away to get diagnosed.”
To sign the petition click here: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1819.
Office of the Hon. Diane Finley