National effort to control cancer in Slovenia

WHO/Marijan Ivanusa

Institute of Oncology, Ljubljana, Slovenia

To commemorate Slovenia's national week of the fight against cancer a conference on cancer was held in Ljubljana on 7 April 2013. The conference was organized by the National Cancer Control Programme and opened by State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mrs Brigita Čokl.

Progress in Slovenia

The latest epidemiological data (1999-2008), presented at the conference, indicate that mortality from cancer in Slovenia decreased by 1.1% each year among males and 0.7% among females, while the number of cases increased by 1.2% each year (males) and 1.6% (females).

The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) of Slovenia is a comprehensive programme of cancer control measures and activities that was endorsed by the Government of Slovenia in 2010. The programme includes screening programmes for colorectal, cervical and breast cancer and has the following objectives:

  • to decrease cancer incidence rates;
  • to reduce the cancer mortality rate;
  • to increase the cancer survival rate;
  • to improve patients’ quality of life by providing comprehensive rehabilitation; and 
  • to increase the number of patients in the advanced stage of illness receiving palliative care.

International commitment and leadership

Cancer became a health priority in the European Union during the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union in 2008. The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer is coordinated by the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health.