Breast cancer screening

The Mass Screening Registry monitors the quality of breast cancer screening with screening indicators, which are published annually in the breast cancer screening statistics. Research projects of the Mass Screening Registry study the advantages and disadvantages of breast cancer screening.


The aim of the project on lifestyle and quality of life impacts of screening mannography is to find out the links between lifestyle, quality of life, breast screening and breast cancer. This is being done by combining the information gathered by questionnaire with data from the Finnish Cancer Registry on screening and cancers.

The collection of data is based on the Lifestyle, Quality of Life and Health questionnaire sent out from 2012-2015 to 10 000 randomly chosen Finnish citizens. The first questionnaire was given to women aged 49, approximately one year before the first invitation for national breast cancer screening. The questionnaire was repeated the following year.

The questionnaire is based on Finnish and internationally validated surveys and research results. Respondents were asked about smoking, alcohol consumption, nutrition and exercise, health and quality of life factors (including the Women’s Health Questionnaire, Satisfaction With Life Scale), factors concerning reproductive health factors, and information on screening behavior.

The research evidence is of international significance both in terms of its content and extent. If you are interested in using the questionnaire survey data, please contact Tiina Hakasen for advice on data requests:

Questionnaire forms: FIN, SWE, ENG, brief

breast cancer screening questionnaire_ENG

Top3 publications:

Sarkeala et al 2015 doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2603-7,

Mansikkamäki et al 2014 doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.09.009,

Auramo 2013

Lead researcher: Nea Malila

Research team: Nea Malila, Tytti Sarkeala, Sirpa Heinävaara, Maija Jäntti, Sanna Heikkinen, Sanni Helander

Funding: Cancer Foundation of Finland, grant for psychosocial cancer research for 2011-2014.

Collaborating institutions: National Institute for Health and Welfare, UKK Institute, Aalto University.