Slovenia still has high cancer mortality rate

Slovenia still has high cancer mortality rate

Slovenia’s cancer mortality rate is still very high in comparison with highly developed countries, among other things because of poor cancer management in men, healthcare officials have warned upon World Cancer Day.

According to the national Cancer Registry, more than 14,000 people in Slovenia were diagnosed with cancer last year, with more than 8,000 or 55% of those being men.

Around 6,000 people in Slovenia die of cancer every year, with the most common forms of cancer in the country being skin, colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer.

In Slovenia, more than 90,000 people have been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. According to projections, one out of two men and one out of three women born in 2012 will get cancer by the age of 75.

According to the OECD’s Health at glance publication, Slovenia is second in terms of cancer mortality rate among the 34 countries of the organisation. Oncologist Branko Zakotnik believes that this is primarily a consequence of poor management of cancer in men.

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