On November 13th 2019, 4th Regional Symposium on Prevention of Cervical Cancer was held at the Brdo Congress Centre, Slovenia. It was organised in collaboration of Slovenian Society for Gynaecologic Oncology, Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and National Cervical Cancer Screening Programme ZORA. The aim of the symposium was for regional countries to learn from each other and to share their knowledge and experience.
Participants from six regional countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia attended the symposium. Beside regional participants, Prof. Dr. Pekka Nieminen from Finland was invited to present the Finnish screening program and Dr. Vitaly Smelov from IARC presented the criteria for organised population-based screening with focus on HPV primary screening. In total, more than 70 gynaecologists, pathologists, epidemiologists and other professionals participated at the symposium.
We believe that a strong coalition of stakeholders within the country as well as between the countries is the key to success and the only way to reach the World Health Organisation’s 2030 goals toward elimination of cervical cancer as the public health problem: 90% of girls fully vaccinated against HPV by 15 years of age, 70% of women screened in a high quality programme at least 35 and 45 years of age and that 90% of women with identified cervical disease receive treatment.
Moderators: Prof. Špela Smrkolj, MD, PhD (Slovenian Society for Gynaecologic Oncology, Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology) and Urška Ivanuš, MD, PhD (National Cervical Cancer Screening Programme ZORA).