Breast cancer screening

Women of 50-69 years of age are invited by personal letter take part in breast cancer screening, or mammography, every two years.

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Cervical cancer screening

Women between the ages of 30-60 years are invited by personal letter to take part in cervical cancer screening every five years. Some municipalities also invite women aged 25 and 65 for screening.

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Colorectal cancer screening

Screening for colorectal cancer was started in Finland in 2004. In 2014, there were 170 municipalities involved in screening, which covered almost half of the target population.

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Other types of cancer screening

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Organising cancer screening

Under the national screening programme, municipalities are tasked with organising cancer screening.

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Data registration

Municipalities have a statutory obligation to ensure the collection of personal data on screening visits and examinations and their results, and their submission to the Mass Screening Registry. The quality of the screening is evaluated based on this data.

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Research

One task of the Mass Screening Registry is to evaluate cancer screenings. Population-based screenings are based on the effectiveness of reliable evidence. In addition, the downsides of screening, its costs and its impact on the quality of life are studied. (See section on research)

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