Alex Trebek, the longtime host of “Jeopardy,” announced Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“Normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek said in a video message released on “Jeopardy” accounts. “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
“Help me keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done,” he added.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, according to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, afflicting an estimated 50,000 Americans each year. Depending on how advanced the cancer is, treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.