10. March 2017.
Within this marking the month of March, as the month dedicated to the Fight against colorectal cancer, the Coordinator of the Colorectal cancer screening, Assistant professor, Dr. Dusica Bankovic-Lazarević and the President of the Republic's Expert Commission for monitoring the implementation of the organized colorectal cancer screening, Academician Professor Dr. Zoran Krivokapic have visited the Primary Care Center in Šabac. The center conducts organized colorectal cancer screening since the year 2015.
Academician Krivokapić with the Director of the Primary Care Center, Dr. Branko Vujković, have handed the award to the most successful doctor in the conduct of the Organized screening of colorectal cancer to Dr. Jelica Kampić - Spirovski.
In front of a crowded theatre auditorium in Šabac, Academician Krivokapić has
presented his lecture to the doctors of the health institutions in Šabac on the topic "Colorectal cancer: etiology, diagnosis and prevention," and Assistant Professor Dr. Dušica Banković-Lazarević, Coordinator for colorectal cancer screening, spoke on the topic: "Results of the organized colorectal cancer screening in Serbia."
Colorectal cancer in Serbia presents a very significant health problem, because of its high incidence and significant mortality in the general population. Colorectal cancer is the second type of cancer among both men and women, while it is the second cause of mortality in men and third in women, right after the mortality of breast and lungs cancers.
Organized colorectal cancer screening is encountering a good uptake from the target population and it is expected even larger coverage of the target population by FOB testing in the forthcoming screening rounds, so that the health of the population in Serbia would be improved.
06. March 2017.
Uroš Rakić, PhD - independent advisor at National Cancer Screening Office, a representative of the National Cancer Screening Office in these project activities, participated in the meeting of the CanCon joint action project - "CanCon Final conference at the Malta Hilton hotel in Malta 14 - 15.2.2017“.
Over 200 experts from all over Europe and Malta participated in Cancon Final conference 14-15 February 2017 with high-level speakers. Three years of Cancon joint action resulted in various recommendations for improving cancer control. Two days of Cancon conference in Malta concentrated in discussing the outcomes in detail.
The European Guide on Quality Improvement in Cancer Control was released at the conference. 25 countries and 126 organisations have collaborated to create this guide to improve cancer control in Europe. It will provide a key strategic tool for governments and policy-makers. It was accompanied with five Policy papers, dealing with specific themes of cancer control.
The Cancon conference was a part of Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Joint action partners had a meeting after the conference. Final reporting and how to get the Guide well disseminated were on the agenda. National conferences to explain Guide topics are a good way towards implementing the recommendations of the Guide.
31. January 2017.
To mark the Eleventh Week of European Cervical Cancer Prevention (22 to 28 January 2017), the Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" and Societe Generale Bank, held a lecture for the employees, on the prevention of cervical cancer in the administration building of the SOCIETE GENERALE BANK, Bulevar Zorana Đinđića 50 a/b.
Recognizing the importance of this campaign, SOCIETE GENERALE BANK, as a socially responsible company, supported the campaign on the prevention of cervical cancer.
The lecture, on behalf of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, was held by doc. Dr. Darija Kisić Tepavčević and dr Katarina Boričić. The aim of the lecture was to raise awareness among women about cervical cancer, prevention strategies, and motivation for women to regularly respond to gynecological examinations.
24. January 2017.
The eleventh European Week of Cervical Cancer Prevention is beong held from January 22-28, 2017 in order to raise awareness among women about cervical cancer and ways of prevention. At the press conference, held for this occasion at the Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut"it was announced that in Serbia every year 1,244 new cases of women with cervical cancer are registered, while 480 women die from this malignant disease.
Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health prof. Dr. Berislav Vekic stressed that the Rules of immunization is in its final stage and that one of the new, recommended vaccines shall be a vaccine against HPV virus. The vaccine shall be given to boys and girls over 12, in health centers on a voluntary basis. Prof. Dr. Vekic stressed that vaccination will be part of primary prevention, while at the level of secondary prevention continue to work on screening programs.
There are about 40 different types of HPV that can infect the genital organs, and some of them can cause changes in the cervix that can develop into cancer, the director of the clinic of Gynaecology and Obstetrics Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Stefanovic emphasized, adding that timely detection of cancer can be prevented in 70 to 80 percent of cases, and thatEuropean countries, which have developed a good screening program reduced the rate of death from the disease.
The Acting Director of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia prim.dr Verica Jovanovic explained that the screening program on cervical cancer is currently being implemented in 18 municipalities in Serbia that include testing of women from 25 to 64 years of age,who have been invited for a quick and painless examination - Papanikolaou test. Within four years of the screening program, 140 women were confirmed with malignancy. "At the last years screening program, 76,000 women were examined, and cervical cancer was detected in 27 cases," explained prim dr. Verica Jovanović .
The frequency of incidence of cervical cancer in Serbia is about two times higher than the average values recorded in Europe, Assistant Director of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia PhD Darija Kisić Tepavčević pointed out, and added that in our population of women death from cervical cancer uterus is approximately 3 times higher than the average values recorded in Europe. The preservation of reproductive health of the population has been identified as an important factor in improving the national population policy, and concerning this matter, the Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" plans to implement public health activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of preserving reproductive health.
From the press conference, a message was sent to all women that cervical cancer is a malignant disease that can be prevented if you visit your doctor and take advantage of some of the available measures of prevention.
21. January 2017.
European Cervical Cancer prevention week is celebrated from January 22-28, 2017 in order to raise awareness among women about cervical cancer and ways of prevention. Recognizing the importance of this campaign, Serbia has already actively participated eleven times in celebrating this occasion.
This Week sends a message about the importance of preventive measures available in our country, in order to prevent morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.
The main message to all women is that cervical cancer is a malignant disease that can be prevented. "Day of Health" is the slogan that emphasizes the need to, once again, appeal to our sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, to think about their reproductive health during European week of prevention of cervical cancer, when they shall visit their doctor and take into consideration some of the available options for prevention.
Cervical cancer, for nearly a decade, represents a serious public health problem in Serbia. Every year in our country the average of new registered cases of cervical cancer numbers 1244, while 482 women lose their lives from this type of cancer, which we know for certain that it belongs to the group of most preventable types. Of particular concern is the fact that Serbia is still in the group of European countries with the highest rates of incidence and mortality from cervical cancer. In terms of morbidity from cancer of the cervix, Serbia is fourth in Europe, after Romania, Lithuania and Bulgaria. Unfortunately, the death rate of this type of cancer in women is in second place in Europe, right after Romania.
One of the effective measures of prevention is immunization against the human papillomavirus. This intervention is cost-effective, especially in countries where resources are limited, the incidence of HPV infection is high, and preventive examinations poorly attended. Immunization does not eliminate the need for carrying out preventive examinations, since the existing vaccines do not protect against all types of HPV. It is important to know that almost every case of cervical cancer can be prevented. Well-organized screening programs can prevent up to 80% of cases of cervical cancer: 1
European Association for cervical cancer has made recommendations for promoting Prevention Week. Recommended activities related to: 2
- Distribution of educational and promotional materials in public places such as shopping centers, metro stations, bus stations, as well as providing advice and information on the importance of taking advantage of available prevention programs,
- Organizing educational seminars for residents in the community, schools, universities, working organizations,
- Organizing forums for parents about the importance of HPV immunization as preventive measures,
- Organizing lectures on the prevention of cervical cancer for adolescents in high schools,
- Seminars on the prevention of cervical cancer for students of medicine and health care workers,
- Public events, appearances in the media, etc.
- Discussions on social networks on prevention of cervical cancer.
One of the activities during the European Week of Cervical Cancer Prevention is distributing of brooches "Pearl of Wisdom". Brooches, symbolizing the transfer of knowledge during this week are, besides women, distributed to all those who support the fight against cervical cancer. To this date, over 1.5 million Pearls of Wisdom have been distributed across Europe and they have become a recognizable symbol of this campaign (www.PearlofWisdom.eu).
In the upcoming week, it is necessary to intensify activities to promote the importance of preserving reproductive health and the possibility of taking advantage of all available measures for prevention of cervical cancer.
09. December 2016.
In organization of NAPSer (National Association of Pharmacy Students of Serbia) at the 9th National Congress of Pharmacy Students of Serbia - "Treatment of cancer - The Challenge of Our Time", Zlatibor, 5-8 December 2016, Uroš Rakić, PhD, independent advisor at National cancer screening office, represents the National cancer screening office and gave a lecture on the topic to more than 300 students in the hall of the Special Hospital “Čigota” on Zlatibor.
The topic of the lecture was "Epidemiological indicators and the importance of quality data collection and visualization."
Uros Rakic, PhD, spoke about the importance of prevention of malignant diseases, pointed to the risk factors. He gave a motivational lecture why it's important to go regularly every year at least once to the doctor, even when we are not in pain - Separate the day for yourself and your health.
He also participated in the workshop "Public Health" where he demonstrate how to perform breast self-examination on a model-doll. After the demonstration, students are practicing self-examination on a model-doll.
Speakers at the conference were:
Prof. Dr. Danica Grujičić - Importance of multidisciplinary treatment of malignant brain tumors,
Prof. Dr. sc med Dušan Đurić - Specificity of clinical trials of drugs in oncology (hematology)
Dr. Predrag Štiglić - Biotechnology drugs - a modern approach to the treatment of cancer
08. December 2016.
Uroš Rakić, PhD - independent advisor at National Cancer Screening Office, a representative of the National Cancer Screening Office in these project activities, participated in the meeting of the WP 9 Working Group - Meeting CANCON Work Package 9 Cancer Screening - Kick-out meeting in Helsinki on the 1-2 December 2016, in Hilton Hotel Kalastajatorppa, Helsinki”.
Summary of Meeting is the current status of cancer screening programmes throughout EU in relation to the implementation phase and running time of the programme. Participient of the meeting talked about the barriers and solutions for cancer screening programmes in Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Poland, Spain and Bulgaria. This meeting involved topics related to the current status of breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer screening programmes throughout EU in relation to the implementation phase and running time of the programme. Governing and organizational aspects of screening are also discussed.
A special focus has given to the evaluation of cancer screening, with topics including performance and effectiveness, health-economic perspectives, benefit-harm ratios, and communicating with decision makers, other stakeholders and general population.
One of the topics was potentially introducing new screening programs.
Uroš Rakić, PhD, was the moderator: Session 4 "Implementation, conclusions and further actions based on CanCon recommendations".
Uroš Rakić, PhD, was presented the: "Barriers in implementing CanCon recommendations in EU Member States and how try to overcome them".
15. October 2016.
On the occasion of October - the international breast cancer awareness month, on Saturday 15th October 2016, Cancer Screening Office supported the Association of women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer „Let’s be Together", that organized community action in shopping mall "Ušće" with the message "Find time for you and me."
The aim of the campaign was to educate the public and spread the information about the importance of prevention and early detection of breast cancer in women and the importance of organized breast cancer screening. Special attention was paid to risk factors for breast cancer that may be affected - physical activity, proper nutrition and obesity, as well as the importance of psychological support.
Guests of the Association „Let’s be Together" in TC Ušće, were Ljiljana Lazić MD, specialist in public health and health management, Olivera Ćirković MD, pediatrician and psychotherapist, Nada Macura MD, spokesman for the emergency unit, representatives of the Cancer Screening Office, as well as numerous celebrities.
10. October 2016.
Uroš Rakić, PhD - independent advisor at National Cancer Screening Office, a representative of the National Cancer Screening Office in these project activities, participated in the meeting of the Stakeholder Forum CanCon - "Promoting quality in cancer control: different dimensions, compelling challenges" and "Italy and the EU: Policy Dialogues and Cancer Control” in Rome, 15th - 16th September 2016. The meeting was organized in the Italian Ministry of Health, Lungotevere Ripa 1, 00153 Rome, Italy.
The conference was held in partnership with CanCon working groups, the Italian Ministry of Health, the European Coalition of cancer patients (ECPC), and the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL).
The meeting included topics relating to the current status of screening programs across the EU in relation to the implementation phase of the program and the duration of the program implementation. The administrative and organizational aspects of screening were also discussed. A special focus was given to the program evaluation and research, as well as to the application of new technologies, and the availability of new drugs. Topics also included the performance and efficiency, health-economic perspectives, the benefits and harms in the relations and communication with decision-makers, other stakeholders and the general population.
The summary of the meeting was the current status of cancer screening programs across the EU in relation to the implementation phase and the duration of the program implementation. The aim of both conferences was to create a political dialogue on how professionals can collaborate across Europe in an effort to reduce disparities in the treatment of cancer, in the policies of prevention, access to innovation, and access to rehabilitation programs.
The ultimate goal is to raise the survival rate of cancer patients and to reduce cancer mortality while improving the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors throughout Europe. The administrative and organizational aspects of screening were discussed.
On the second day of the meeting, the conference "Italy and the EU: Policy Dialogues and Cancer Control" brought together members of the European and Italian Parliament and EU experts. They discussed the implementation and assessment of policies and care of cancer patients.
The first part of the conference was a round table organized by European parliament Against Cancer (MAC). The focus was on two critical points: prevention and innovation as two important pathways for successful cancer control.
A special focus was given to the evaluation of cancer screening programs, with topics that include both performance and efficiency, health economic perspectives, the relations and communication with decision-makers, other stakeholders and the general population.
Implementation of the recommendations of CanCon project in EU member states and beyond will be the next step for successful joint action.
21. October 2013.
We are pleased to announce that new Website of the National Cancer Screening Office is available from 21 of October 2013.
We will give our best to monitor the needs of our citizens and to indicate the importance of screening.