Longtime host of ‘Jeopardy!’ just announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer!
The 78-year-old TV icon revealed his diagnosis in a video message on March 6.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the U.S. each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Trebek says in the video. “Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.
Stage 4 is the most severe designation, meaning the cancer has spread to distant locations in the body, such as the liver, lungs, or bones.
In 2019, the American Cancer Society estimates that 56,770 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 45,750 people will die from the disease. For men, the average lifetime risk of getting pancreatic cancer is roughly 1 in 63. [Men’s Health]
Let’s FIGHT with Trebek and keep him in our prayers!