Colorectal cancer screening has started

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. The new colorectal cancer screening programme started in Finland in April 2019.

For whom, why and how?

Men and women between 60 and 74 years of age are invited to screening every two years, because most of the colorectal cancers are found in people over 60 years of age.

In 2019 screening is offered in these municipalities:

Jyväskylä, Muurame, Orivesi, Oulu, Paimio, Sauvo, Säkylä, Tampere, Ylitornio

During the first years of the screening programme in 2019-2020, all 60-, 62-, 64- and 66-year-olds are invited in volunteering municipalities. In the future, the screening will expand gradually and become a national programme sending invitations to all 60-74 year-olds.

Screening helps to detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, before there are any symptoms. The aim of screening is to reduce deaths caused by colorectal cancer.

The screening test looks for traces of blood in the stool. The screening sample is taken at home during a toilet visit and mailed to the laboratory for analysis. The postage for the return envelope is prepaid.

Thinking about screening participation in special situations? Find out more.