It took 15 years before talking about it. Michel Cymes, the famous doctor and columnist returned to this kidney cancer he fought without ever speaking about it publicly. “I needed to digest it”, first explains Michel Cymes at the microphone of RTL this Saturday, March 18. “I saw patients in the hospital and I didn’t want every time I announced cancer to a patient he would say to me ‘oh well you know what it is doctor’”, says the television presenter.
Michel Cymes discovered his kidney cancer in 2008 following a skiing accident. He was able to have surgery quickly, and prevent the tumor from spreading. Upon learning of his illness, the surgeon doctor wanted to keep the secret to protect his loved ones. “At first, I wasn’t ready. When I found out, I only told very few people. Not even my parents, nor my children. I didn’t want to worry them. “, he confided in our columns last October. His eldest son, Romain, learned of the disease when he was 18 years old. As for the youngest Elias, he learned of his father’s fight a month before the publication of the book, Nothing is impossible, my story could be yours, in which Michel Cymes announces it. “In fact, I think the more we talk about something that saddens you, the more it drives you into unhappiness”he confided to Gala.
Still too few screenings
But today, the famous doctor talks about his illness above all to encourage the French to get tested. “I wanted to talk about it because I thought it could trigger a number of screenings. I was screened by chance, after a skiing accident. But chance and luck can be provoked today. They can be caused by medicine.” In effect, there are several great screenings that currently exist. Cancers of the breast, cervix or colon can be detected quickly. But many people do not anticipate these kinds of illnesses. Less than one in two women have a mammogram and between 20% and 35% of 50-year-olds get screened for prostate cancer.
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