Cancer in France – Protontherapy

Figures for cancer in France

new cases :

355,000 new cases of cancer were estimated for 2012, 200,000 men and 155,000 women.

The average age of diagnosis is 68 in men and 67 in women.

Mortality :

Cancer mortality has decreased over the last twenty years. However cancer is the leading cause of death in France.

In 2012, it was estimated that there were 148,000 deaths from cancer: 85,000 men and 63,000 women. In men, lung cancer is the main cause of death, followed by colorectal and prostate cancers. In women, it is breast cancer followed by colorectal and lung cancers.

Survival rates :

5-year survival rates depend on the type of cancer (6 to 95%).

Most common cancers in men :

  • prostate (53,000 cases – 2009 data)
  • lung (27,000)
  • colorectal (21,000)

Most common cancers in women :

  • breast (52,500 cases)
  • colorectal (19,000)
  • lung (10,000)

2012 data

(Source : Institut national du Cancer: © Le cancer en France en 2013)


Cancer research France is collaborative by definition. Researchers at the Institut Curie often join forces with colleagues at French institutions and, more broadly, on an international scale. This open-minded approach is very much the norm at Institut Curie.


The Research Center at Institut Curie is part of a rich environment in which it has developed numerous ties with universities and institutions to increase its sphere of influence, pool its resources and expertise, and strengthen its strategic position. It is supported by its institutional and university authorities and by industry.

Protontherapy Center France

The Centre de Protonthérapie at Institut Curie offers an ultra-precise form of radiotherapy used to treat certain adult and childhood cancers. This level of precision requires cutting-edge equipment along with an expert team.

Proton therapy is an ultra-precise form of radiotherapy, radiating tumors with high precision while protecting the healthy organs close to the tumor. This ultra-precise technology is indicated for treating children in particular, since it comes with a lower risk of side-effects, as well as for certain adult cancers such as eye tumors.

Excess winter deaths rise to 34,300

Winter deaths up by 40 per cent

Last winter, there were an estimated 34,300 excess winter deaths (EWDs) in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of EWDs between December 2016 and March 2017 rose by 40%, compared to the winter before.

It was the second highest level of EWDs in eight years.

Females and elderly people were most affected by EWDs last winter period.

Elderly lady with carer

Over one-third of all EWDs were caused by respiratory diseases.

Cold homes are a significant cause of illness over the winter period and one-in-ten homes are currently classified as living in fuel poverty.

A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if they are required to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate standard of warmth.

Many energy bills have gone up by around 10% this year.

Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive of Turn2us, said: “It’s a tragic reminder that even in modern Britain people die because they simply don’t have the money to allow them to stay warm.

“Much more needs to be done to prevent people from dying because they can’t afford to hear their homes properly.

“That means making sure that people are receiving the help that they are entitled to and eligible for, such as Winter Fuel Payments and charitable grants that can help people with fuel bills and energy efficiency.”

Source: Turn2us