The Finnish Cancer Registry studies

• why people in Finland get cancer • how to prevent people from getting cancer • how can cancer be detected at as early a stage as possible • what factors affect the survival of cancer patients.

The Finnish Cancer Registry’s research focuses on investigating registry-based causes and the burden of cancer in the Finnish population. Typical themes include the link between lifestyle and the environment, and cancer risk and survival prognoses for cancer sufferers. Statistical methods for registry-oriented cancer research are to be developed in order that the information extracted from the data is of the highest quality.

The Mass Screening Registry assesses existing screening programmes and examines new potential screening programmes at population level. Population-based screening has to be based on reliable evidence of its effectiveness. Research data is also needed on the acceptability, impact on quality of life and cost of screening. Mass screening audits cover include new screenings, update existing programmes, and evaluate screening quality.