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Cancer cases up in recent years

The number of detected cancer cases rose to almost 20,000 annually in Slovakia in the second half of the 1990's. The occurrence of cancer has significantly increased among men, with lung cancer accounting for one-quarter of detected diseases and one-third of all male deaths, according to Ivan Garčár, head of the Health Ministry's press department.

Besides the lungs, the skin, stomach and prostate are the most commonly diseased male organs. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, causing 15.8% of female deaths in Slovakia. Cancer of the reproductive organs is also a significant problem.

The ministry appealed to people to practice more effective cancer prevention, particularly by quitting smoking. People should also reduce their alcohol consumption, forego sunbathing and cut down on obesity, Garčár said, adding that these preventitive measures could cut the number of cancer cases in half.

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How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

Slovakia vies for medicines agency

What chances does the country have at winning the seat of the prestigious European Medicines Agency that needs to relocate from London?

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.