The activities carried out by the Cancer Society of Finland are varied, professional and influential. The Cancer Society works at local and national level throughout the country. It strives to support people with cancer, prevent the disease and reduce the harm that it causes. The Cancer Society’s task is to produce, interpret and disseminate information and provide advice, support and services for cancer patients and their loved ones.
The key objectives of the Cancer Society are health promotion and cancer prevention. Through its work the Society seeks to reduce people’s risks of getting cancer and the harm caused by the disease.
The Cancer Society of Finland’s advice service refers to the national advice service and the advice provided by our member organisations. The national advice service is a source of information and support for cancer patients, their loved ones and to anyone concerned about cancer.
Providing peer support and the development of support person activities are a central focus of the Cancer Society’s work. The Cancer Society trains peer support persons and palliative care support persons.
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, the Cancer Society of Finland and some hospitals organise rehabilitation for cancer patients. The rehabilitation offered by the Cancer Society takes the form of adaptation training courses. The aim is to supplement public rehabilitation services.
The Cancer Society of Finland supports cancer patients with various forms of financial assistance.
An important part of the Cancer Society of Finland’s activity is that carried out by the Finnish Cancer Registry and the Mass Screening Registry that belongs to it. The Finnish Cancer Registry is a research institute dealing with cancer statistics and epidemiology. The Mass Screening Registry plans, develops and evaluates Finnish cancer screening programmes.
Through its information and communications work the Cancer Society of Finland exerts an influence on national decision-making and public attitudes concerning cancer. The aim of lobbying in society is to strengthen cancer prevention, improve the quality of cancer treatment and rehabilitation and speed up patients’ access to treatment and rehabilitation.
The Cancer Society bestows awards and prizes for outstanding achievements in cancer work.