by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Longtime host of the game show Jeopardy! Alex Trebek announced just yesterday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Stage 4 cancer is a very hard form of cancer to beat but Trebek remains strong and positive to beat the odds. He stated in a video addressing his fans that with the love and support of family and friends he feels confident that he can beat his cancer. Trebek has been the host of the game show Jeopardy! since 1984 and he’s hosted around 8,000 episodes. In fact, Trebek hoped to retire as the show’s host in the year 2020 but signed a contract to be the host until 2022.
Trebek had to leave the show for a while back in 2017 when he had to recover from brain surgery. Trebek has even suffered two heart attacks as well. Trebek jokingly stated that this is why he believes that he will beat this disease. He has three more years to work as a host and has beaten his previous illnesses. Fans and previous show contestants have been rushing to Twitter to Tweet their well wishes for Trebek.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 1.6% of Americans will be diagnosed with this form of cancer in their lifetime. Even though this form of cancer only makes up 3% of cancers in the U.S., it still remains a deadly disease. The risk of obtaining this disease increases with old age and Trebek himself is 78. Almost 70% of patients are age 65 and older. These are the statistics according to the Centers for Disease Control