The Conference on the national care policy improvement and prevention of malignant diseases

As a part of the CanCon joint action and under the auspices of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia, a Conference on the national care policy improvement and prevention of malignant diseases in the Republic of Croatia was held on February 9. The conference was opened by the Minister of Health, Professor Milan Kujundžić, and the participants were welcomed by Professor Ante Ćorušić, Director of the Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb and Asst. Professor Krunoslav Capak, Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Fifty participants working in various fields related to the control of malignant diseases in Croatia attended the conference held at the Ministry of Health. The need for adoption of the National Plan for the Fight against Cancer, Croatia being one of the few EU countries that do not have it so far, was emphasized again.

Given that Croatian Institute of Public Health as an associate partner in the joint action CanCon mostly took part in the work package dedicated to the analysis of national programmes for early detection of cancer at European level, lectures and debates have put emphasis on the improvement and evaluation of screening programs.

Along with Croatian experts, at the conference participated also Asst. Professor Tit Albrecht, the Chief Coordinator of the CanCon project, Jožica Maučec Zakotnik, PhD, from the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health, and Professor Giedrius Vanagas, long-term adviser for Twinning (RTA) within the Twinning project CRO Screening Improvement of Quality of the National Cancer Screening Programmes Implementation, who shared preliminary results of the screening programme analyses within the project.

The conference announced the final results of the CanCon joint action, which will be officially presented at the final conference on Malta, the section on screening programmes within the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control, in the preparation of which participated experts from the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Opinions and attitudes were exchanged on the possible ways and means of improving national cancer screening programs in Croatia.