Mass Screening Registry

The Mass Screening Registry is a department of the Finnish Cancer Registry and was founded in 1968. It is responsible of planning and evaluating national cancer screening programs in Finland. Data concerning invitations and screening tests are centrally collected and registered in the registry. Screening data are used to evaluate and control the programs and to help political decisions concerning public health issues.

In Finland, the responsibility to organize cervical and breast cancer screening is given to local municipalities, 342 in total (Government Decree on Screenings). Screening is provided free of charge to those invited by the municipality. According to the Decree of Primary Health Care, population based screening is to be offered to women between 30-60 years of age for cervical cancer and to women between 50-69 years for breast cancer.