As of next year, people suffering from skin cancer/melanoma, will have the latest therapy at their disposal in Serbia as of next year. Every year, 650 people in Serbia are diagnosed with melanoma – says the head of the Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases of the Military Medical Academy (VMA), Lidija Kandolf-Sekulovic.
“Innovative melanoma therapy involving two drugs has been in use since 2017, and now our health authorities have promised us that, as of January next year, we will be able to expand our therapeutic options to involve these two drugs, in line with the European protocol”, she said at a press conference of the Association of Melanoma Patients (UPOOM).
She added that the new therapy would be administered at the expanse of the National Health Insurance Fund and will be available to all melanoma patients.
“In the treatment of melanoma, it is very important that the disease is detected at an early stage and that the patient starts with appropriate therapy as soon as possible”, said Lidija Kandolf-Sekulovic.
According to her, it is vital to work on educating people about the risks of melanoma, especially the harmfulness of excessive sunbathing and the use of sunbeds.
“A working group at the Ministry of Health tomorrow is due to finalize a proposal to ban the use of sunbeds for the persons under the age of 18”, Lidija Kandolf-Sekulovic said, adding that the intention is to completely ban the use of the sunbeds, which has already been done in some countries.
She also pointed out that sunscreens do not ensure safe sunbathing in the time of the day when the highest UV radiation is the highest.
President of the Association of Dermatologists of Serbia, Željko Mijušković, pointed out that the number of patients with melanoma in Serbia, as well as in the world, is increasing.
“In Serbia, every year, we have 650 new melanoma patients, and out of them, there are 200 patients who have metastases. They have a much greater chance of survival if the disease is diagnosed early and the latest therapy is applied immediately”, said Mijušković.
He recommended that people do not expose themselves to UV radiation unnecessarily and that once a year they should visit a dermatologist who for a check-up.
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