Press conference concerning the Eleventh Week of European Cervical Cancer Prevention

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.



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.


New Website

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.



National Cancer Screening Office