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Alex Trebek Raises Awareness About Pancreatic Cancer in PSA: 'I Wish I Had Known Sooner' (Video)

Alex Trebek is getting candid about his battle with pancreatic cancer in honor of World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

The 79-year-old Jeopardy! host opened up in a PSA posted to the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition’s YouTube channel on Wednesday (October 30).

In the 60-second clip, he discusses the risk factors and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

“In nearly every country, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits,” Alex says. “Now, in order to help patients fight and survive this disease, more attention and awareness are needed.”

“I wished I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” he added.

Alex first revealed his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is on November 21.

Watch the video now to hear what else Alex Trebek had to say.

READ MORE: Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek Says His Skills Are Diminishing Due to Pancreatic Cancer


Alex Trebek in Global PSA for World Pancreatic Cancer Day (60 seconds)

Jeopardy's Alex Trebek Says His Skills Are Diminishing Due to Pancreatic Cancer

Alex Trebek is opening up further about his fight with stage four pancreatic cancer.

The 79-year-old Jeopardy! host was able to stop chemotherapy back in May due to excellent shrinkage of his tumors, but months later, his numbers went up and he’s back doing chemotherapy.

He was asked in a recent interview if he would have to stop hosting Jeopardy! at some point soon and he responded, “I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish.” Alex added he’s beginning to get sores in his mouth that are affecting his ability to enunciate words.

“The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me,” he added. “I’m 79 years old. So, hey, I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that.”

“I’m hanging in,” he added. “So we’re back on the chemo and we’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever of course. They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer. We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”

Alex Trebek Begins Chemotherapy Again After His Numbers Go 'Sky High'

Alex Trebek is revealing that he has been forced to undergo another round of chemotherapy after his numbers went “sky high.”

“I was doing so well. And my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer. So we were all very optimistic. And they said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy,’” Alex said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday (September 17).

He continued about what happened next, “I lost about 12 pounds in a week. And my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing.”

Alex added that his cancer has caused him “excruciating pain” and “fatigue.”

Back in March, Alex announced that he had stage four pancreatic cancer. In August, he announced that he had finished his chemotherapy and would be returning to work on Jeopardy.

Our continued thoughts are with Alex Trebek during his battle with cancer.

Alex Trebek Returns to 'Jeopardy!' Following Cancer Treatment

Alex Trebek is back for Jeopardy!‘s season 36 premiere!

The 79-year-old television personality has spent the past few months undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“I truly hope you folks have enjoyed revisiting some of our special tournaments throughout this past summer. But today, Jeopardy! begins its 36th season on the air and I’m happy to report, I’m still here,” Alex said during the show’s intro on Monday night (September 9).

A few weeks earlier, Alex confirmed that he had finished chemotherapy treatment and was on the mend.

Hear all that Alex Trebek had to say about his cancer treatment.

Alex Trebek Finishes Chemotherapy, Gets Back to Work on 'Jeopardy'

Alex Trebek is back to work on Jeopardy following his cancer treatment.

The 79-year-old host revealed his pancreatic cancer diagnosis five months ago, and in May he announced that his tumors had shrunk by more than 50 percent.

He is currently taping episodes for the show’s 36th season, which premieres on September 9 in syndication and has been in production for over a month, THR reports.

“I’m on the mend, and that’s all I can hope for right now,” Alex Trebek says in a video message posted on the show’s YouTube channel on Thursday (August 29). “Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.”

Watch the full video to hear what else he had to say.


Alex Trebek Is Back for Season 36! | JEOPARDY!

Jeopardy's Alex Trebek Reveals His Tumors Have Shrunk By More Than 50 Percent

Back in March, Alex Trebek revealed he was battling stage four pancreatic cancer, and now, he’s revealing some amazing news.

According to doctors, the 78-year-old Jeopardy game show host is in “near remission.”

“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Alex told People. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory…some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”

“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” Alex said. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”

He added, “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”

Alex Trebek Wins Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards 2019 - Watch Speech!

Alex Trebek has received an amazing honor!

The 78-year-old Jeopardy host, who announced in March that he has stage four pancreatic cancer, hit the stage at the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday (May 5) to accept his award for Outstanding Game Show Host.

Alex delivered a sweet and funny speech that touched on his recent health troubles.

“I’m not a big fan of sympathy votes,” Alex said, recalling how he was nominated last year after he had a pair of blood clots removed from his brain. “You would think that would’ve elicited a certain amount of sympathy. But I didn’t win!”

“I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me,” Alex continued. “Maybe I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing and I should just do what Sally Field did in a different venue many, many years ago and look at this as a sign that you guys like me and that you value my work. If that’s the case, I can live with that.”

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