Alex Trebek is speaking out about the awareness of Pancreatic cancer symptoms. The game show host announced that he was diagnosed with the disease in March, sharing a video on youtube.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Alex revealed. “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”
After sharing updates along the way, first revealing the cancer was gone and then sharing that it had returned and he had to continue chemotherapy, Alex is now speaking up for pancreatic awareness. According to cancer.net, pancreatic cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women and the tenth most common cancer in men.
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In a PSA on Youtube, Alex teams up with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC) to explain the risk factors and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
“I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer. Other common symptoms can include mid back pain, unexplained weight loss, new onset diabetes and the yellowing of the skin or eyes,” Alex explained in the video.”Won’t you join me in this fight? Participate this November by wearing purple, spreading the word on social media and visiting worldpancreaticcancerday.org to learn more. Together we can get it done.’
Alex has shared his journey along the way. His most recent update was regarding a setback with his cancer treatment.
“They stopped chemo. I lost about 12 pounds in a week and my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed,” Alex said on GMA. “So the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing.”
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Alex has still maintained his work schedule on Jeopardy and plans on continuing with the show until he no longer can.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is Nov. 21, 2019.