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Cancer Screening Register

The Cancer Screening Register participates in the organisation of the screening programmes. The register collects and analyses personalised data on individuals targeted for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings. The organisation of the register and the dissemination of data is described in the cancer screening registry statute created under the Public Health Act.

Why is the register needed?

  • the register creates target groups based on birth year and sends out screening invitations
  • the data in the register will allow for analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness and quality of the screening programmes
  • the data from the register will be used to disseminate statistics and to conduct scientific, including epidemiological, studies
  • the data from the register can be used to shape health policy and better allocate financial and human resources

What data do we collect?

  • data on individuals targeted for screening
  • data on participation in screening
  • results of primary and additional tests

Data quality

The data in the register meet the quality requirements of the European Union cancer screening registers and allow for international comparison of screening quality indicators.

  • Europe against Cancer: Optimisation of the Use of Registries for Scientific Excellence in research (pdf)
  • European guidelines for quality assurance in cervical cancer screening - Second edition (2008) (pdf)
  • European guidelines for quality assurance in breast cancer screening and diagnosis - Fourth Edition (2006) (pdf)
  • European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Diagnosis - First Edition (2010)

Publication of data

  • data is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database