In September 2022, to open its cultural season, the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie is presenting Cancers, a major temporary exhibition covering all the scientific, psychological and social dimensions of this complex disease.
For thirty years, the overall number of new cases in France has been increasing every year. Today, nearly four million people live with or have experienced cancer in the country, and more than 382,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The most common cancers in men are prostate cancer (50,430 new cases per year), followed by lung cancer (32,500 cases) and colorectal cancer (24,000 cases). In women, breast cancer is the most common (58,500 cases), followed by colorectal (21,000 cases) and lung (17,000 cases).
The Cancers exhibition has chosen to put the patient at the core of its narrative, as well as the nursing staff and carers, offering numerous testimonies on life during and after cancer.
It also aims to give visitors a better understanding of the disease and its treatments by presenting an overview of current scientific knowledge, showing both the biological mechanisms of the cancer process and the therapeutic options, both conventional therapies (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery) and new therapies (immunotherapy, hormone therapy).
The exhibition also fights preconceived ideas about cancer while raising public awareness on everyday risk behaviours, as well as prevention and screening.
True to its public service mission, the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie's ambition with the Cancers exhibition is to contribute to a better understanding of this disease, which is still taboo in many respects, and to highlight the promising developments in research.
Designed as a souvenir of the exhibition, from which it borrows the same graphic codes, this journal deals with several facets of the disease, from one end to the other of the chain of the fight against cancer. Through six texts and interviews with cancer specialists, it brings together three different voices: those of the researcher, the clinical doctor and the patient.
Author of the texts and interviews:
Frédérique Odasso, co-author of the book "Plus forts contre le cancer" ("Stronger against cancer"), written with Dr Christelle Besnard-Charvet (collection "Réponses", Robert Laffont, 2020).