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"I Wish I Had Known Sooner": Sentimental Alex Trebek Releases A New PSA To Raise Awareness About Pancreatic Cancer

Date October 31, 2019 13:04

Since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek's health is facing highs and lows in the battle with the disease.

Alex Trebek's diagnosis led him to come back to chemo for the second time. Earlier this fall, the Jeopardy! host revealed he had to undergo a second round of therapy to treat stage IV pancreatic cancer. However, he is not afraid of leaving this world.

I'm not afraid of dying. I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?

Alex Trebek's condition

The 79-year-old has released a new public service announcement to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Trebek partnered with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to announce the forthcoming World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which is to be on November 21. Alex Trebek bravely yet sentimentally explained:

I wished I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced before my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer.

Raising awareness, the Jeopardy! host pointed out other symptoms such as "mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss and the yellowing of the skin or eyes."

Trebek also added that this particular cancer has an abysmal single-digit, five-year survival rate (2-9%) in most countries. According to the organization's release, the reason the disease has the lowest survival rate among all primary cancers is that few people know the risks and symptoms, and are thus diagnosed at an advanced stage.

Alex Trebek's diagnosis

The father-of-two found out about stage IV pancreatic cancer back in March 2019. Trebek has experienced ups and downs during this period, but he has never thought of giving up.

Having fantastic support from family, friends, co-workers, and fans, Alex made sure he's fighting his condition accordingly.

We surely are worried about Alex Trebek's health, but at the same time, we know he's strong enough to beat it. It is unknown whether or not how long he will live, but we hope, for many, many years!