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October 31, 2019

Alex Trebek of 'Jeopardy!' Launches New PSA to Raise Awareness about the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

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Alex Trebek is slowly becoming the face of pancreatic cancer as he makes an announcement on World Pancreatic Cancer Day amid his own battle with the disease. 

Alex Trebek, 79, released a public service announcement that lasted 60 seconds with the "Jeopardy!" show's logo on display in the background. There were purple clouds surrounding it for a reason. 

As for the legendary talk show host, he wore a checkered purple undershirt and matching tie in solidarity for the cause. The clip is found below.

Alex Trebek onstage at the annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California on May 5, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


What do the numbers say? 

As soon as Trebek came on, he gave some shocking statistics. He claimed that pancreatic cancer is the only "major cancer with a 5-year survival rate in the single digits." 

Trebek then announced his collaboration with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition which aims to raise international awareness of the risks and symptoms of the disease. 

He added

"I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer."


Alex Trebek at the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation at the Official Residence of Canada on June 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

How can you recognize the disease? 

The television personality went on to list other symptoms including "mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss, new-onset diabetes, and the yellowing of the skin or eyes."


Trebek implored viewers to join him in three ways: by wearing purple, by spreading awareness via social media, and by getting more information on the World Pancreatic Cancer Day website

The recognition for pancreatic cancer will be on November 21 this year. According to People, Trebek's alliance includes 80 organizations based in 30 countries fighting for the cause. 


When did Trebek's battle start?

The website further explained that the low survival rate of pancreatic disease falls on a lack of risk and symptom awareness, hence Trebek's push to spread the word. 

The iconic host has been battling the disease since his own stage four diagnosis in March. The grim news drew tons of support from fans and has not dimmed his positive light. 


Which singer loves Alex Trebek? 

Only on Tuesday, 31-year-old singer and rapper Lizzo showed ecstasy when she was a correct answer for a "Jeopardy!" question earlier this week. She shared the clip to Instagram. 

In the caption, she wrote: 


Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Vivianne Jefferson, is best known for her hit song "Truth Hurts." The question addressed her win as the Best New Artist at the 2019 VMAs. 


Singer and rapper Lizzo shares "Jeopardy!" question and her reaction to being the answer | Photo: Instagram/ Lizzobeating

Where does Trebek's health stand today?

Trebek's latest health update came in mid-month when his friend Dr. Mehmet Oz of "The Dr. Oz Show" reportedly spoke to Closer Weekly. He said Trebek was "down," but implied he was not out.


The medical professional claimed that Trebek was struggling with chemotherapy treatment. Oz also praised his colleague for his strength, calling him a "golden-hearted" man. 

Trebek's journey has been a mix of ups and downs. In one instance, he thought the chemotherapy was finished, but later revealed he had to pick it up again. We pray for a speedy recovery against all odds. 


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