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Colorectal cancer screening

  • bowel cancers
  • colorectal cancer screening
  • rectal cancer

We are inviting everyone aged 60 to 68 living in Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso, and South Karelia to free screening for colorectal cancer in 2022. 

Jukka Karhula

In 2022, HUS Diagnostic center invites 60- to 68-year-olds living in Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso and South Karelia to free screening to colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer screening will be expanded in stages so that in 2032 everyone aged 56 to 74 will be invited.  Screening is a free of charge service offered by your home municipality.

Colorectal cancer, or sometimes bowel cancer, is the collective term for colon and rectal cancers. An estimated 3,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in Finland every year. It is the third most common cancer in Finland. The purpose of screening is to detect colorectal cancer at a stage when it is more likely to be curable. The goal of the screening process is to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer.

The free-of-charge screening is based on a test that looks for hidden blood in the stool. No appointment is needed for collecting a sample or delivering it to the laboratory for analysis. 

Municipalities are obliged by law to arrange colorectal cancer screening for their residents. HUS Diagnostic Center mails the screening invitations and functions as the screening center for municipalities in Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso and South Karelia. 

For more information on sample collection and help with any problems, please contact the HUS Diagnostic Center’s laboratory customer service, tel. 09 471 86800 (dial 4, colorectal cancer screening)  



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