September 20th is European Prostate Day!

September 20th is European Prostate Day

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    Every year, on September 20, the European Prostate Day takes place, organized by the European Association of Urology (AEU). The objective of this day is to make the general public and health professionals aware of the various pathologies affecting this male gland.

    Exocrine gland, the prostate is located at the crossroads of the urinary and genital tracts in men. It synthesizes and allows the emission of spermatic fluid and its storage in the seminal vesicles. More indirectly, it also participates in urinary cycles.

    Two major pathologies of the prostate

    The man can suffer from two pathologies when it comes to the prostate: cancer and prostatic hypertrophy.

    • prostatic hypertrophy occurs when the prostate enlarges. It can then become responsible for urinary disorders, with a weak jet, more nocturnal rises to urinate or more urination during the day. Not all urinary disorders are related to the prostate, however there are approximately 70,000 interventions per year in France for this reason.
    • prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The incidence is approximately 50,000 cases per year in France. The average age at diagnosis is currently 68, and there is also a correlation with age: the older the subject, the greater the risk of developing prostate cancer. Finally, it should be noted that prostate cancer ranks third among cancer deaths in men, with more than 8,000 deaths per year.

    If the disease is at an early stage, there are no symptoms. The two examinations allowing a diagnosis are the dosage of the PSA associated with a digital rectal examination.

    In France, early individualized diagnosis of prostate cancer is recommended by the AFU (Association Française d’Urologie) in men aged 50 to 75 and even from the age of 45 in the event of a risk factor, such as at least two relatives ( brother, uncle…) having been affected by the disease or of African or West Indian origin.

    At a later stage, this cancer tends to give bone metastases and a deterioration of the general state.

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    An exhibition proposed by the Janssen laboratory

    The Janssen laboratory is organizing the prostate bus tour for the 7th consecutive year: a traveling exhibition designed to raise awareness among as many people as possible about prostate diseases, help those most concerned to recognize the signs that should alert and also alert to the importance of early diagnosis. The “Janssen Bus and its giant prostate” stop in Paris on September 20, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Place de la mairie du 15ème

    This traveling exhibition invites patients, their families and the general public to visit a giant inflatable prostate nearly 3 meters high and 5 meters long. A fun and didactic device that helps to understand the interaction of the prostate and the various nearby anatomical structures. The giant prostate can be over-inflated in whole or in part to reproduce prostate cancer. The proximity to the nerves of erection, represented on the sides of the inflatable structure, makes it possible to visualize and understand the possible risks of sexual sequelae of prostate cancer treatments.


    The objective is to make as many people as possible aware of prostate diseases, to help those most concerned to recognize the signs of the disease and to remind people of the interest and importance of individualized early detection.