Leading figure in the fight against cancer, taote Pierre Catteau has died • TNTV Tahiti Nui Télévision

Dr Pierre Catteau (photo credit: Tahiti Nui Télévision)

He dedicated the rest of his life to the fight against cancer, particularly breast cancer. Weakened by long Covid, radiologist Pierre Catteau died early this morning at the age of 84. Vice-president of the French Polynesia committee of the League Against Cancer (CPFLC), he actively campaigned for free cancer screening and led numerous operations to raise funds.

Before arriving in Polynesia, he was a hotel doctor in Tunisia before working for the NGO Médecin sans frontières in the 1980s. An experience which allows him to intervene with populations in large countries such as Brazil or the Ivory Coast.

Specializing in radiology, he also passed through France then the Antilles before arriving at fenua in 1983. President of the association of radiologists of Polynesia on several occasions, he worked at the Paofai clinic, but also at the Tamanu center in Punauuia.

More recently, he was very active on the mammography project in Nuku Hiva in 2018, then in Hiva Oa in the Marquesas in 2023. The Business Club within the league against cancer was also his idea. The aim was to involve economic players in the breast cancer prevention effort through corporate social and environmental responsibility (CSR).

In his entourage, we paint the portrait of a man ” engaged “ who has worked extensively to develop the league and give it an important position in patient care. “We are losing a great man, we will miss him greatly” summarizes the president of the league against cancer, Natasha Helme. “We will also remember all the love he had for the Polynesians.”

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