Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer means cancers of the colon and the rectum. It is the third most common cancer in Finland: over 3,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year.
In Finland, municipalities provide free screening.
Screening or mass screenings aim to detect cancers at as early a stage as possible, making cancer treatment appreciably easier. Screenings can reduce the use of heavy cancer treatments and above all the number of deaths due to cancer.
For whom and why?
Screening for colorectal cancer will be made nationwide in Finland from 2022. Screening will be introduced among men and women aged 60-68 years. Screening will be expand gradually, to finally concern all 56-74 year-olds, who will be invited every two years. Colorectal cancer is most common in this age group.