21,000 people die and 40,000 fall ill from malignant tumors in Serbia annually

The World Cancer Day was also marked in Serbia, where 40,000 people fall ill with malignant tumours and about 21,000 die from them every year.

Men in Serbia often get lung, colon and rectum, prostate cancer, while women get breast, colon and rectum, lung and uterus cancer. According to data from the Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut Institute of Public Health, in 2016, 40,241 people (21,126 men and 19,115 women) fell ill with malignant tumours. In the same year, 21,526 people of both sexes died of cancer – 12,253 men and 9,273 women.

According to estimates by the International Agency for Cancer Research, Serbia ranks among the countries with a medium risk of disease, occupying 12th place out of a total of 40 countries in Europe, while at the same time, it is considered a country at high risk of death from malignant diseases, ranking second, just after Hungary.

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As much as 40% of malignant tumours can be avoided with simple precautions: stop smoking, consume alcohol moderately, avoid excessive exposure to the sun, maintain a proper weight by eating healthy food, exercise and protect yourself from infections that can develop later in cancer.

In Serbia, national screening programmes have been adopted for uterine, breast and colorectal cancer, which will significantly reduce the incidence and mortality of malignant tumours in the next period.

Breast cancer screening is mandatory for women aged between 50 and 69 years while mammography is scheduled every two years.

Uterus screening is available for women between the ages of 25 and 64 who also undergo a preventive gynaecological examination and a Pap test every three years.

The target group for colon screening includes citizens of both sexes, aged 50 to 74, who are required to undergo a stool test every two years.

According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Cancer Research, the number of people with malignant diseases in the world has increased to 18.1 million, with 9.6 million deaths from all types of malignant tumours in 2018.

(Vecernje Novosti, 05.02.2020)


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