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Today is World Cancer Day

04. February 2017.


European Cervical Cancer prevention week - January 22-28, 2017

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 (


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.


The epidemiological information

Screening information/data

HPV Questions and Answers

Preventive examinations leaflet

Leaflets HPV

HPV Brochure

Reproductive health Brochure

HPV Poster




Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

18. December 2016.


Happy Birthday - The National Cancer Screening Office Website will be 3 year old on October 21, 2016.

21. October 2016.

Happy Birthday  - The  National Cancer Screening Office Website  will be 3 year old on October 21, 2016.

The  National Cancer Screening Office Website was visited in three year 135 091 visitors, from 147 countries and 2528 cities and towns from all around the World !

For this third birthday, I would like to thank everyone who supports this site and follow our work. 


Uroš Rakić



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.



Conference "Give cancer a pedal", Vrnjačka Banja

03. October 2016.

On the third day of the caravan "Give cancer a pedal”, the expert conference was held in the congress hall of the thermal baths of Special hospital “Merkur” in Vrnjačka Banja. The conference, organized by the Women's centre "Milica" from Vrnjačka Banja, was accredited by the Institute of public health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" and supported by the Ministry of Health. The conference was opened by Mrs Vesna Bondžić, president and founder of the Women's center "Milica". Welcoming all participants she expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of Health, Municipality of Vrnjačka Banja and Special hospital "Merkur" for supporting these activities as well as to the Institute of public health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" and Institute of public health Kraljevo which took part in the realization of this event. Welcoming the guests of the Japanese team who are participating in the implementation of the "Project for the improvement of the National Programme for early detection of breast cancer in the Republic of Serbia" Mrs Bondžić expressed the hope that they will recognize the need to invest in the capacities of health care facilities in the technical and professional aspects. Mrs Bondžić also highlighted that primary health care is the first and very important link in the screening that should be strengthened. Through the joint action between NGOs and health care institution, we can hope to reduce the cancer mortality in Serbia.

On behalf of the Special hospital "Merkur", dr Daniela Karamarković welcomed all present and Mr Ivan Džatić, Deputy Mayor welcomed all participants on behalf of the Municipality of Vrnjačka Banja.

The representatives of the project team from Japan addressed the attendees, Mr Akihiro Fujiwara, project coordinator, Mr Tamotsu Nozaki, a cancer specialist and professor dr Satoshi Kaneko, professor at the University of Nagasaki and consultant of the "Project for the improvement of the National Programme for early detection of breast cancer in the Republic of Serbia". This project is a joint project between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the Japanese government. The conference was attended by 200 health care workers from Vrnjačka Banja, Kraljevo and Trstenik. The conference was completed by performing a test that carries 3 points.


Speakers at the conference were:


- Prim dr Verica Jovanović, head of the Cancer Screening Office, with the lecture "Implementation of organized breast cancer screening - the importance of the program and improvement of health of women in the Republic of Serbia"

- Dragana Milićević Tandijera, head of the department of health promotion of the Institute of public health Kraljevo, with the lecture "Health promotion, the importance of promotion in early detection of breast cancer on the territory of Vrnjačka Banja and Kraljevo"

- Dr Klaudia Kravić, Cancer Screening Office, with the lecture "Implementation of the organized cancer screening programs in the Raška district"


The campaign of the Women's Centre "Milica" from Vrnjačka Banja and cycling caravan "Give cancer a pedal in 2016.”

01. October 2016.

On the occasion of October, the international breast cancer awareness month, National Cancer Screening Office supported the campaign of the Women's Centre "Milica" from Vrnjačka Banja, "Give cancer a pedal in 2016.".

On Saturday, 1rd October 2016, in the Republic Square in Belgrade, within the campaign " Give cancer a pedal” of the Women's Centre "Milica”, started the cycling caravan "Give cancer a pedal 2016.”. Ministry of Health of Serbia, The Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović  Batut”, tennis federation, cycling associations and local governments and institutes of public health of cities: Kragujevac, Čačak, Kraljevo and Užice supported the second time in the row campaign " Give cancer a pedal in 2016.".

The aim of the caravan, which started in Belgrade, is that through cycling and physical activity, connect people from different cities and to give support to all those who are struggling with breast cancer, as well as to draw attention to the importance of preventive examinations in order to reduce mortality from this disease.

Vesna Bondžić, president of the Women's Center "Milica", Dr. Vesna Knjeginjić, Ministry of Health, Deputy Minister, Department for public health and health care programs, prof. dr Vesna Kesić, Head of the subcommittee for cervical cancer screening of the Republic Expert Committee, president of the Association for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and Serbian President of ESGO in the previous term, addressed all gathered at the Republic Square, as cycling caravan started its journey through the towns of Serbia towards Vrnjačka Banja.



30. September 2016.

Breast cancer is now the most frequently diagnosed cancer and leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. This is the most common cancer in women, both in developed and less developed parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1,670,000 of women suffer from this disease and about 522,000 women die from this disease, annually.

According to official data of the IPHS "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" Cancer Registry, in 2013, 3594 new cases of breast cancer were registered in the Republic of Serbia, while 1,647 women lost their battle to this disease. Available professional literature shows that when breast cancer is detected on time, the treatment has a good prognosis in 90 % of cases. However, mortality is still very high in breast cancer due to late detection of the disease.

October, as an international awareness month against breast cancer is marked in many countries around the world in order to draw attention to the prevalence of breast cancer and raise awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection, as well as on the possibilities of timely initiation of treatment in patients with breast cancer.

Since the causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, early detection of this disease is a form of secondary prevention of breast cancer. In order to reduce mortality of this disease and to diagnose breast cancer at an early stage, as well as improving the quality of life of female patients, the World Health Organization promotes national programs for the control of breast cancer.

Following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and European countries which have gained experience in implementing population screening programs, the Republic of Serbia has started implementing a program of organized breast cancer screening in December 2012, with the aim to reduce mortality and improve quality of life of women suffering from this disease.

Organized breast cancer screening involves calling for mammography examinations (Radiography) of the targeted population of women 50 to 69 years of age once in every two years. When breast cancer is detected at an early stage of the disease, an appropriate therapy and continuous treatment can save lives and improve the quality of life of women with this disease. One of the goals of the implementation of organized breast cancer screening is improving the awareness of women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and regular screening examinations, as well as strengthening the capacity of health facilities to implement breast cancer screening.

Organized breast cancer screening is carried out continuously in a total of 35 municipalities on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, in which the screening mammograms are performed in health care facilities, and in 21 other municipalities screening mammograms are done by mobile mammography device. Currently, a second cycle of organized breast cancer screening is being implemented the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

Since the beginning of implementing the program of organized cancer screening, approximately 355,000 women aged 50 to 69 years were invited, and the response to mammography has been around 15% of the entire targeted population in the municipalities where this program is being implemented.

On the territory of other municipalities where the program is not implemented in the form of organized breast cancer screening and where women are not invited in person, there are also possibilities of carrying out preventive breast examinations. Preventive examinations in these cases are performed by gynecologists and general practitioners, when a doctor examines the woman and if her age is between 50 to 65 years the doctor sends her to have a mammogram, and if she is younger than 50, the doctor decides whether a woman will be sent to a mammogram or breast ultrasound, or only a breast palpation examination is sufficient at the moment. Women who in their family history have close relatives with  surgically treated breast cancer (mother, sister) answer regularly to these check ups without being called in, regularly and more often than once in a period of two years.

In this month we appeal to women 50 to 69 years of age, to visit to their doctor or general practitioner for a preventive breast examination to be carried out. This practice should be repeated once every two years.

The target population during the activity in October are health care workers of different profiles, especially gynecologists and general practitioners whose role in the Awareness Month against breast cancer is to inform patients that an examination for early detection of breast cancer is required, desirable and accessible, and that types of exams exist  depending on age and inherited genetic factors.



20. September 2016.

In Belgrade today at the age of 62 died director of the Institute for Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" Dragan Ilić, Doc, M.D, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Dragan Ilić was born on 14.04.1954. in Sokobanja, Republic of Serbia.


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