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The Cancer Society of Finland (CSF) comprises 18 member associations and the Finnish Cancer Foundation, of which the Finnish Cancer Registry, which is maintained by the CSF, is a part. Founded in 1936, the CSF is one of the largest patient and public health organisations in Finland and a national expert organisation. The Cancer Foundation, established in 1948, is the largest private funder of cancer research in Finland. The Finnish Cancer Registry, established in 1952, is a statistical and epidemiological research institute that maintains a database of all cancer cases diagnosed in Finland since the beginning of 1953.