Cured of his prostate cancer, Jean-Pierre Pernaut decided to talk about it because according to him, "the more we talk about it, the more it encourages people to go see an urologist".
Good news as we like it. Last September, Jean-Pierre Pernaut announced that he was suffering from prostate cancer. At the age of 69, the iconic TF1 news presenter had to leave screens for treatment. "My husband has been out of the news for 13 hours since yesterday, he underwent surgery for prostate cancer (...) Do not worry, he's fine," his wife Nathalie Marquay assured his Instagram account. A month after his intervention, viewers had appreciated his return to the 13 Hours of TF1.
"There are 70,000 each year to be operated on for prostate cancer"
"Everything went well," he said in a video posted by his wife, "you know, there are 70,000 each year to be operated on for prostate cancer in France. I have talked about it, you have to know how to fight and then trust the doctors and everything can go well, as it did for me. "
Since then, the journalist has been trying to sensitize the general public and encourage men to get tested. In fact, one in seven men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. From the age of 45, it is important to discuss issues related to the prostate with his doctor (especially for those who are not Caucasian or have already had cancer cases in their family). But this subject is scary.
In an interview with TV StarJean-Pierre Pernaut concedes that "prostate cancer is a serious disease", but that "from the moment we treat it early enough, doctors do what it takes to eradicate it". And to add: "The more we talk about it, the more it encourages people to go see an urologist". Combattive and reassuring, the journalist concludes: "it is treated, it is treated, it operates .. My wife had a lightning leukemia She came out in a way that forces my admiration ?! So fight you , do what the doctors tell you. "
Treatment efficiency lowers mortality
With 48,427 new cases in 2013, prostate cancer is the most common among men. In 2017, he was responsible for 8,207 deaths. But mortality rate decreases regularly according INCa: - 4.0% per year on average between 2005 and 2009, thanks to the effectiveness of treatments when diagnosed early.
When this is the case, several treatments are offered: surgery, radiotherapy, hormone therapy or chemotherapy. The patient may also be offered active surveillance: when the cancer is early, non-aggressive and does not decrease the patient's survival. Indeed, some prostate cancers will never evolve or very slowly, and will remain precancerous.