Cancer is affecting more and more people around the world. The purpose of the “Cancers” exhibition at the Cité des Sciences is to inform but also to reassure.

382,000 new cases each year

The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie offers its Cancers public a large temporary exhibition embracing all the scientific, psychological and social dimensions of this complex disease. The Cancers exhibition has chosen to put the patient at the heart of its message, but also the nursing staff and those accompanying them, offering numerous testimonies on life during and after cancer. For thirty years, the overall number of new cases in France has increased every year. Today, almost four million people live or have lived through the experience of cancer in our country, and more than 382,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The most frequent in men are cancers of the prostate (48,427 new cases per year), then those of the lung (32,500 cases) and the colon-rectum (24,000 cases). In women, breast cancer is the most common (59,000 cases), followed by colon-rectum (21,000 cases) and lung (17,000 cases).

To better understand the disease

The exhibition intends to allow visitors to better understand the disease and its treatments, by offering them an inventory of current scientific knowledge, showing both the biological mechanisms of the cancerization process and the therapeutic arsenal, conventional therapies (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery) as new therapies (immunotherapy, hormone therapy). The exhibition also combats received ideas about cancer while raising public awareness of daily risky behaviors, but also of prevention and screening. Faithful to its public service mission, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie aims, with the Cancers exhibition, to help raise awareness of this disease, which is still taboo in many respects, and to promote promising developments in research.

Paris City of Sciences 30 avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 Paris, France

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