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 breast cancer screening and cervical cancer screening for their residents. Some municipalities also arranged screening for colorectal cancer during the years 2004-2014. Read more about screenings.

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 Finnish Cancer Registry plans, performs and evaluates mass screening and cancer screening programmes.