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 cooperates with decision-makers, authorities and other organisations. The Cancer Society’s specialist tasks include producing accurate and reliable information for decision-makers, health care professionals and the public.

Influencing decision-making

The Cancer Society cooperates closely with public authorities and decision-makers. The aim is to exert an influence on health policy and to be involved in the main preparatory work by social and health authorities that relate to cancer policy. The Cancer Society offers its expertise to support public decision-making.

The Cancer Society set targets for the government programme of the incoming government following the 2015 parliamentary elections.

Positions (in Finnish)

The Cancer Society is involved in the public debate on the reform of the structure and funding of the social and health care system. The Society wants also to actively influence tobacco and alcohol policy, pharmaceutical policy, the implementation of the EU Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care and the policy on reimbursements for treatment and medicines.

Cancer strategy

The Cancer Society has been actively involved in the preparation of the national cancer strategy together with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. In 2010 a Ministry of Social Affairs and Health working group published the report Development of Cancer Treatment 2010 − 2020, for which proposals were collected for developing the organisation of cancer treatment.

National Cancer Plan Part 1 (in Finnish)

The National Cancer Plan supplements the 2014 report of the National Institute for Health and Welfare expert group, Development of cancer prevention, early detection and rehabilitative support 2014 – 2025.

National Cancer Plan, Part 2 (in Finnish)

National cancer centre

The Cancer Society participates in the preparatory work for the establishment of a national comprehensive cancer centre Finland (FICAN) and its launch. The Society’s board members and specialists were on the working group set up by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the final report of which proposed the establishment of a national cancer centre.

Final report on establishment of a Comprehensive Cancer Center Finland (in Finnish)

Non-communicable Disease Network

The Cancer Society is collaborating more on health promotion with other public health organisations. To this end, a national Non-communicable Disease Network was created. This is part of the international NCD Alliance.

Non-Communicable Disease Network

NCD Network Alliance

International cooperation

The Cancer Society of Finland is extensively involved in cooperation internationally with various organisations, research bodies and authorities.


The Cancer Society is a member of the cooperation forum for Nordic cancer organisations, the Nordic Cancer Union (NCU). The NCU furthers joint Nordic cancer research and carries out projects on stopping cancer with its member associations.

Nordic Cancer Union (NCU)


The Cancer Society is a member of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and takes an active part in its work. The ECL promotes cancer prevention by promoting the European Code Against Cancer and sharing best practices concerning patient counselling, support and rehabilitation.


European Code Against Cancer


The Cancer Society is taking part in the 2014-2017 Cancon project of the European Commission and EU member states. The aims of the Cancon project are to promote the early detection of cancer, develop the treatment of cancer patients and create common quality standards at EU level. The Cancer Society is leading two of Cancon’s nine work packages.



The Cancer Society is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control, and in particular supports its work for strengthening cancer control in developing countries.