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#Time4Change: Slovakia

Published on 27 March 2018 back to previous

Slovakia has the highest incidence rate of colorectal cancer in Europe and the second highest in the world after South Korea.1

Slovakia has 61 cancer cases among males and 29 among females for every 100,000 inhabitants. Slovakia records approximately 3,600 cases per year, a significant increase from more than 2,000 cases in 1989.1

There is currently no national screening programme. Since 2002, there has been opportunistic screening, using faecal occult blood test (FOBT), followed by colonoscopy in case of positive result. 

Signs of hope

Although the situation in Slovakia is challenging, there are signs of hope and progress. In 2017, the Ministry of health established a working group to support the development of a National Cancer Plan and Cancer Register, as Slovakia is one of few countries in Europe still missing these vital elements for prevention and treatment in oncology. 

EuropaColon Slovakia, along with other patient organization in the country, is working hard to enable further progress. A 2015 awareness programme resulted in a 50% increase in interest about colorectal cancer prevention for a partner insurance company. The organization has recently started a working partnership with the Ministry of Health, advising on the National Cancer Plan and working towards national screening.

“EuropaColon Slovakia will be an official partner for a pilot project for “formal screening”, said Jana Pifflova-Spankova, President of EuropaColon Slovakia and member of the working group with the Ministry of Health. “In March we will start our support through a large medial awareness campaign and press conference. We will include education about the possibilities of early detection, inspiring patient stories, and patient guides.” 

References

1)    https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20058049/slovakia-has-highest-rate-of-colorectal-cancer-among-males.html

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