"Nathalie taught me not to be afraid of the word" cancer ". My wife next to me had a much more serious cancer, a lightning leukemia. She was in Villejuif for a year in a sterile room, under chemo and lots of things … She suffered a lot while fighting and being, at that time, extremely positive. (…) So I'm not going to complain to myself, to whine and believe me fucking when I have a small prostate cancer like 70,000 French people every year! ", First recalls Jean-Pierre Pernaut on" RTL ". He then gives his news: "Everything is behind me. We operated when it was necessary, and I am cured, even if with cancer we never know, but we will make regular checks. The TF1 news presenter recalls the importance of talking about cancer to break the taboo, and also emphasizes the state of mind that has not left him in recent months. "When you're told you have a serious illness, you have to keep fishing because it's 80% of the cure," he says.
"It's a male cancer that men prefer to hide. "
On November 12, he spoke in "Le Parisien" after seven weeks of convalescence. Jean-Pierre Pernaut returned to the way he had discovered to have prostate cancer and already paid tribute to Nathalie. "It was the day of the semi-finals of the football World Cup! It was on the occasion of a routine check, I did not expect it. But it was not a shock, thanks to my wife Nathalie. She was a great example to me. She had a blinding leukemia about 20 years ago, before I knew her. The word cancer was not taboo. The 68-year-old journalist also thanked everyone who sent him "countless" messages of support, "including tens of thousands of messages on social networks." "It touched me a lot. Patients wrote to me: "Hang in there, I had the same thing and everything is fine!" Either: "It's good to talk about it because I did not dare to do it." To free speech is indeed necessary. "Prostate cancer is the first in France, with 70,000 new cases a year, but nobody talks about it because it is a male cancer that men prefer to hide. They feel very comfortable facing this disease because it affects intimacy. Talking about it, it helps to unlock, "said Jean-Pierre Pernaut in the columns of the" Parisian ".