Current events

Opening of the 12th European cervical cancer prevention week

28. January 2018.

Opening of the 12th European cervical cancer prevention week was held in the shopping moll ”Stadion” in Belgrade.
Institute of public Health of Serbia  (IOPH) “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut” organized Health Promotion action with National Cancer Screening Office and Center for Health Promotion with the support of International Federation of Medical Students' Associations-IFMSA.
Experts from IOPH of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut” delivered health promotional material and supported women in realization of the importance of regular PAP smear testing.
Ministry of Health supported this activity with participation of Deputy Minister of Health, Mrs Vesna Knjeginjic.
National TV channel RTS had live broadcast dedicated to the event. Other TV channels also joined with their crows.


National Theatre in Belgrade will join the 12th European cervical cancer prevention week

28. January 2018.

National Theatre in Belgrade will join with regular distribution of leaflets on every show for the week on both stages and green CC ribbons were delivered to everybody in the lobbies of the Theatre. 


Belgrade PUC “Public Lighting” will join the 12th European cervical cancer prevention week

28. January 2018.

Belgrade PUC “Public Lighting“, will light in green all bridges, National Assembly, and other public buildings for the week.


Final conference of the Programme "European progress"

17. November 2017.

Representatives of the National Cancer Screening Office from Nationa IPH of Serbia,  Batut, took part in the final conference of the Programme "European progress", Meeting of health professionals as partners in the Campaign to "Find the time".   As a part of the campaign, different I/E/C activities during the month of October and November covered territory of the nine municipalities and resulted in great interest of women for a free gynecological examinations (733 women were examined during the „Day open door").  Campaign, financed by the EU, goverment of Svicerland and Republic of Serbia, as part of the program of European PROGRESS, took place in the deprived municipalities of south of Serbia: Aleksinac, Bela Palanka, Brus, Gadžin Han, Doljevac, Knjaževac, Merošina and Svrljig.

Dr. Vesna Knjeginjić, assistant minister for Public Health in the MoH, supporthing the Campaign "Find the Time",noted "by hard work of the Ministry of Health, in the creation and implementation of the program of prevention, along with all other  health care plans ensured the basis for further development. The campaign was carried out by a variety of I/E/C activities during the month of October and November 2017th, in the nine municipalities and resulted in good response of women for free gynecological examinations (733 women get looked at during the "Day open doors").

Graham Tindal, Manager of development program European PROGRESS, thanked the local partners, physicians and nurses, on participation and support in the implementation of the campaign.

"This number of visits shows that adequate public incentive and support result in  more women opting to conduct preventive examinations. That's why it is reccomended that national institutions and local governments, civil society and the media, but in also developmental programs such as the European Progress, even more intensly  work on raising awareness and creating the conditions for  better access to health care of women. Womens health is important both for them and their families, as well as for whole society ".  Nine specified municipalities received new medical equipment for gynecological surgeries worth more than 100,000 euros and organized the free gynecological check-ups for all women. For thet they recived a help from European Union and Government of Switzerland.

Dr sc Katarina Boričić, from the IPH "Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut",  said "Serbia is fourth in Europe when it comes to morbidity of cervical cancer, and CC mortality is second in Europe after Romania".  She also spoke of measures of primary prevention that will stop infection with human papilloma virus (HPV). 58 countries have introduced in their national immunization programs of HPV vaccine for girls, and in some countries men and boys.

Snežana Pantić Aksentijević, Assistent for Programed healthcare in departement of Public Health of MoH, said thet the next steps of MoH are to strengthen the role of local governments, through the health education and the implementation of policies in this their respective areas. They will support education of health professionals and public, as well as Programes of health promotion and healthy lifestyles changes.  

Dr. Bojana Milošević specialist gynecology and obstetrics, coordinator for cervical cancer screening, the screeningoffice of IPH "Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut",  noted that effective and efficient Population based Programes of screening for CC cancer, in combination with immunisation, and programes for primary prevention,  is an opportunity to finaly eliminate cervical cancer. " She presented the results of the First cycle of CC screening in Serbia.


Doc Dr Aleksandar Karanikolić, head of the Department of breast and endocrine surgery, KC Nis noted it was important that women routinely  do self-examination tests and visit ultrasound and mammographic units, because early diagnosis ensures better outcomes of treatment.




05. October 2017.

The Women's Center "Milica" from Vrnjacka Banja organized the marking of October as the International Month of Fighting Breast Cancer in Belgrade on 01.10.2017. at Terazije, with its well known  and traditional caravan "Give pedal cancer" by joining the bicycle event  GranFondo, organized and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Health and the Bicycle Association of Serbia. The Institute for Public Health of Serbia has supported this action together with the association “Budimo zajedno” (“Lets be together”), “Europe Donna”, Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, and the Serbian Forum Against Breast Cancer. In 7 cities in the Republic of Serbia The caravan "Give Pedal Cancer" has posted a flag - a sign of the fight against breast cancer in 7 cities  of the Republic of Serbia.



OCTOBER - Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

02. October 2017.

Compared to the average registered rate of incidence of malignant breast tumors in the Republic of Serbia in 2014 (54.3 per 100,000), a slightly higher rate was registered in Vojvodina (64.3 / 100.000) compared to central Serbia, where the registered rate amounted to 53.6 / 100.000 women. The standardized mortality rate in the same year was 19.7 per 100,000 women. The above data are non-published data obtained for the entire territory of the Republic of Serbia.
During 2014, there was an increase in the age-specific illness of women aged 40, with the highest rates of incidence being recorded in the eldest female population aged 60 to 74.
When we talk about malignant breast tumor related deaths, there is a slight increase from the age of 45, but the highest rates of mortality are in the 60-69 age bracket.
Unfortunately, high rates of incidence for ages  60 to 69 (209.5 / 100.000) follow the same age and high rates of mortality (85.1 / 100.000), which most likely is a result of late reporting of women of this age for preventive examinations, when the malignant disease is already in an advanced stage, where distant metastases are present in surrounding organs.
When we talk about breast cancer, according to Globocan estimates from 2012, Serbia takes place somewhere in the middle with most of the countries of the former Western Balkan region (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro), with somewhat a lower risk of breast cancer in Europe.
However, when we speak of breast cancer related deaths breast, Globocan estimates that women in Serbia, right after Macedonian women, are at high risk of dying from breast cancer compared to other female females in Europe.
A program of organized breast cancer screening was gradually introduced. The screening method is mammography. The target population are women aged 50-69 years of age.
On the territory of the Republic of Serbia, currently organized breast cancer screening is carried out in 36 municipalities (in which over 600,000 women are targeted by population).

On this occasion, we remind that October is the international Breast Cancer Awareness Month, therefore, may the month of October be dedicated to the promotion of early detection of breast cancer. If you did not have a mammography examination done in the previous 2 years, and you are between  50 and 69 years of age, we remind you to have it done.


18. March 2017.

On the occasion of the 20th March - National Breast Cancer Awareness Day, on Saturday 18th March 2017, Cancer Screening Office supported the Association of women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer „Let’s be Together", that organized promotional campaign in Shopping mall "Delta city" with the message "Find the time, don’t lose your life".

The aim of the campaign was to educate the public and spread the information about the importance of preventive examinations in early detection of breast cancer. With this campaign the Association wishes to influence all women to take care of their health and to perform regular preventive examinations.


Guests of the Association „Let’s be Together" 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, Verica Jovanović, director of the Institut of public health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut”, representatives of the Cancer Screening Office, as well as numerous friends of the Association.




March: The colorectal cancer awareness month

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.


CanCon Final conference at the Malta Hilton hotel in Malta 14 - 15.2.2017

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.


Today is World Cancer Day

04. February 2017.


National Cancer Screening Office