THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES AT EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF CERVICAL
COLPOSCOPY AND PATHOLOGY
Belgrade, 21 September 2007 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown
Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended the opening of the
European Congress of Cervical Colposcopy and Pathology, which lasts until 22
September and is taking place at the Sava Centre, under the patronage of HE Mr.
Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, in the presence of HE Mr. Tomica
Milosavljevic, Minister of Health, who opened the Congress, Prof. Dr. Vesna
Kesic; chairperson of the Congress, and Professor Diakomanolis, president of the
European Federation for Colposcopy
Cervical cancer is a very serious problem in Europe where
60,000 women are diagnosed annually with this illness, while about 30,000 women
die from it. Serbia is the first in Europe when it comes to the number of women
diagnosed with cervical cancer, with about 1,500 new cases every year. A great
number of our women first see a gynecologist when the illness has already taken
its course and when treatment is difficult and uncertain. Unfortunately, about
500 women in Serbia die each year from cervical cancer. Most of these cases
could have been prevented had the illness been discovered in time, and had
treatment taken place on time.
Cervical cancer can be avoided by regular check-ups at the
gynecologist’s, by efficient screenings and new technologies. However, women in
Europe and in Serbia know little about this illness, or the state does not have
a developed preventive programme.
With efficient education, by increasing the awareness in
women, and with regular medical check-ups, the screening programmes would be
more efficient and so would the percentage of recovery.
Ten years ago the European Federation for Colposcopy and
Pathology of the Cervix was founded. It has had three Congresses so far. At the
fourth Congress, which is being held in Belgrade, under the patronage of HE Mr.
Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, about 30 lecturers are present and so are many
participants from all over the world.
The Serbian Association for Colposcopy and Pathology of the
Cervix, earlier known as the Department for Colposcopy and Pathology of the
Association of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Yugoslavia, was formed in
1995, and is very active.
Crown Princess Katherine had the pleasure to accept the
invitaton and attend this event, not only because of the fact that she and her
Foundation have devoted many activities to the health and welfare of women, but
also because of the fact that recently, in cooperation with the HELLO! Magazine
and the Color Press Group publishing company, a campaign for cervical cancer
prevention was begun.
Crown Princess Katherine addressed the present: „I am very
happy to be here and that I have the opportunity, along with my husband, Crown
Prince Alexander II to support such an important conference. It is a great
honour for our country and the city of Belgrade to be the host of the European
Cervical Cancer Conference.
My Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health has
taken action towards cervical cancer prevention. I am pleased that we will have
the support of the media, especially HELLO magazine. The problem strikes a large
number of women in Serbia and requires a joint effort between government
organisations, non profit organisations and the media. I hope this conference
will help you obtain new information on how to treat this terrible illness. You
can count on my husband and me”, concluded Crown Princess Katherine.