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A sensitive subject and still taboo in 2022, the new exhibition at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie tackles this subject head-on: cancer.
While some seek support from loved ones, others dare not talk about it. Cancer is still a very taboo subject in our society, even though it is the leading cause of premature death in France. The new exhibitionCancer” of the City of Science and Industry, which runs until August 8, 2023 has decided to make it its main subject.
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Cancers: let’s talk about it and without taboo!
“It’s important to have someone to talk to about it”, “We need to be surrounded in these moments”, “To say, it relieves”… People with cancer are often advised to talk about it to those around them. But how to do it ? How to find the right words? The City of Science and Industry provides some answers in its new temporary exhibition.
Designed in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (INCa), it addresses one of the most dreaded chronic diseases from a scientific point of view, of course, but also psychologically and socially.
“There is a lot to be said about this human affair: first, there is not one but cancers and their history begins 500 million years ago; then, research is active and progress in the care are numerous; finally, four out of ten cancers could be avoided, if prevention were improved”declared Bruno Maquart, president of Universcience.
The route of the exhibition is not linear to better address the different aspects of a pathology that appeared half a billion years ago, with the advent of multicellular organisms. Visitors will be able to build a precise and colorful representation of cancer through five audiovisual programs. Three are devoted to medicine and research, and two to the feeling of explosion caused by the announcement of cancer.
This is the particularity and strength of the “Cancers” exhibition. She puts the patient at the heart of her remarks, but also the nursing staff as well as those who accompany the sick in their fight. Throughout the exhibition, five large sculptures address specific and sometimes taboo questions, such as the impact of cancer on intimacy and self-image, the role of animals and also returning to work after recovery.
Finally, the course ends with a space relating to prevention. It allows everyone to test their prevention capital and benefit from practical advice on reducing their risky behavior or getting tested. In addition, associations involved in the health and social field will come and discuss with visitors during school holidays.