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?
The new colorectal cancer screening programme started in Finland in April 2019. In 2020 screening is offered in these municipalities: Jyväskylä, Kaarina, Kustavi, Muurame, Orivesi, Oulu, Paimio, Posio, Sauvo, Säkylä, Tampere, Ylitornio. The programme expands gradually.
All 60-74-year-old men and women will be invited every two years.