The national program for screening the population of Finland for colon cancer will begin in stages from January 1, 2022, the country’s health ministry said on Thursday.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women.
“In 2022, nationwide colorectal cancer screening will be introduced for men and women aged 60–68. The screening will be expanded by age groups, and by 2031 it will cover all people aged 56 to 74, ”the message says.
Colorectal cancer screening is widely used in Europe and the EU encourages Member States to organize it. Finland has carried out a pilot colorectal cancer screening project in twelve municipalities and has decided to expand the program to the whole country.
Also, from January 1, screening for cervical cancer will be expanded.
The amendments to the law will expand cervical cancer screening for people aged 30–65. Most municipalities now screen only those aged 30-60. The government decree will provide all 65-year-old women with access to screening for cervical cancer, regardless of where they live, the ministry said.