Under two thirds of the 46.438 women who were invited to undergo their annual gynecological exam showed up. A total of 17.477, or 38 percent, did not under undergo the exam, the Healthcare Ministry informed.

The Ministry is inviting women for regular check-ups, in order to better detect cancer and other diseases. A total of 32.000 women aged 36 to 45 were also invited for early cancer detection test and a separate program provided 24.000 PAP tests.

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce also urged women to take the newly provided 4vHPV vaccine that should help reduce cervical cancer rates.