Cancer screening

Mass screening for cancer focuses on specific cancers and their systematic detection in their early stages.

In Finland, municipalities arrange pre-defined, free cancer screenings for residents:

Some municipalities also arrange population screening for colorectal cancer.

Mass screening for cancer aims to

  • detect the disease at the earliest stage possible
  • reduce mortality due to cancer
  • reduce the incidence of cancer (treatment in preliminary stage)

In addition to population screening, there is also screening for other cancers. Currently, however, only recommended population based screening is approved as a screening programme.

In Finland, the Mass Screening Registry plans, performs and evaluates mass screening and cancer screening programmes.

Mass Screening Registry