Serbia says cancer cases rise after NATO aggression

Serbia says cancer cases rise after NATO aggression

The incidence and mortality of cancer after NATO aggression in Serbia continues to grow, Serbian Health Minister Danica Grujicic said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Serbian Health Minister, renowned neurosurgeon and oncology specialist, Professor Grujicic, headed the Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia until her appointment in the government in 2022. According to medics, about 40,000 people in Serbia are diagnosed with cancer every year, the Health Ministry is now working on software to record new cases more quickly and automatically.

“We and our neighbours – Croats and Hungarians, have been alternating for years in the first place in the mortality rate from cancer in Europe. Thus, according to ECIS (European cancer information system) data for 2020, Serbia was in first place with an index of 150.6 per 100 thousand people, when the European average was 108.7 points. Tumours of the respiratory system (lungs), breast, central nervous system, thyroid, blood and digestive systems are leading in terms of mortality,” said the Serbian Minister of Health.

The official ceremony on the 25th anniversary of the NATO aggression was held on 24 March in the town of Prokuplje in southern Serbia, attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, President of the Republic of Serbian Bosnia and Herzegovina (RS BiH) Milorad Dodik, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije, members of the Serbian and RS BiH governments and parliaments, members of the clergy, army and police, and numerous citizens. Vucic said there that the West, 25 years after the 1999 NATO bombing, is convincing Serbia that it arranged the aggression for its development and future, but Belgrade will not recognise Kosovo’s independence and will not join NATO.

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