According to epidemiological indicators, cancer is a major public health burden in Slovenia, as it is the leading cause of death among men and number two among women. Furthermore, global indicators show that cancer is a modern-day epidemic.
The burden of cancer can only be systematically reduced in the long term if cancer is comprehensively controlled. For this purpose, the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) was established in 2010, which set goals to be achieved by 2015.
In the NCCP 2010–2015 period, a slower growth in cancer incidence was achieved, more so in women than in men. During this period cancer mortality decreased for both genders and the survival rate of cancer patients in Slovenia increased compared to previous periods.
The document of the NCCP 2017-2021, which was drafted in 2016 in cooperation with numerous stakeholders, defines the strategic objectives of the programme; to reduce incidence, improve survival, and provide a greater quality of life for cancer patients. The Programme’s strategic objectives can only be fulfilled through the coordinated efforts of all those segments of the healthcare system defined in the specific objectives for primary and secondary prevention, diagnostics and treatment, rehabilitation, palliative care, research, education, monitoring the burden of cancer, and information technology. In order to achieve each of these specific objectives of the Programme, measures, deadlines, and their responsible institutions have been defined.
Furthermore, the NCCP 2017–2021 also defines the updated and more operational programme management scheme that will enable a more transparent, competent, and professional control of one of the most complex systems within our healthcare structure.
The National Cancer Control Programme 2017 – 2021 is available HERE.