The Finnish Cancer Registry maintains the statutory Cancer Registry of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and adheres to THL's pricing principles in its service activities.
The Cancer Registry and its breast cancer and cervical cancer screening registers contain data required in terms of prevalence, prevention, treatment and medical rehabilitation of cancer and use of services. This information includes the patient’s personal data, cancer information, death certificate information, and information from breast and cervical cancer screenings.
Data is collected for the Finnish Cancer Registry only collected for statistical purposes and scientific research. The THL may grant permission to disclose registry information for scientific research and statistical purposes as specified by the Act on the National Person Register of Finnish Health Care and the Personal Data Act. Other cancer information is provided at the discretion of the Cancer Registry.
The data disclosed is unidentifiable and in tabular format so that the privacy of the subjects of the registry data is not compromised. When requesting registry data, you are obliged to provide an account of the purposes for which the requested information is to be used.
The Finnish Cancer Registry’s products and services
The Finnish Cancer Registry provides free and paid information products and services for use in research, and by experts, authorities and individuals.
The services provided by the Finnish Cancer Registry include
• provision of ready material for clinical cancer research
• calculations of cancer incidence, mortality and survival
• guidance on research and analysis and in the selection of the right research setting.
Cost free products and services
• statistical information for general use on a website (linkki tilastosovellukseen)
• annual statistical publication of the Cancer Registry in a digital format
• media requests for information
• small-scale (under 15-minute) guidance and information services
Paid products and services
• tailor-made custom information extraction from the database
• ordered statistics and statistical analyses
• editing information and other extensive information requests
• training and consultancy services
Pricing principles and prices
Pricing is based on the following principles:
service activities are in line with THL’s pricing principles
the hourly rate for a paid service is € 135, with a minimum charge of 2½ hours
24% VAT is not added to prices
In the case of a chargeable information request, a cost estimate is made to the customer as required
Examples of prices as of 1 January 2017:
information extraction from the database, starts at 340 €
new cancer cases and deaths and age-related incidence and mortality in tabular form, starts at €340. The price increases with breakdown into sex, age group, university hospital district, and hospital district.
calculation of prevalence according to gender, age group, university hospital district and hospital district, starts at €500
calculation of relative survival rate, starts at €500
SIR calculation, starts at €700
The user is not billed for the costs of gathering and processing the data, as the data is collected for the public administration’s own needs. However, according to the Act on the Criteria for Charges Payable to the State, the authority must invoice for extra work that is caused, for example, by a researcher’s assignment to extract certain variables from the register. THL’s pay-per-view services are governed by a regulation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The processing time of information requests is affected by the clarity and pertinence of the information and reports submitted. Processing will be quicker if the Information Request Form is completed carefully and the request contains all the necessary attachments.