'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek vows to battle superior pancreatic most cancers

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, one of the crucial recognizable faces in U.S. tv, has been identified with stage four pancreatic most cancers, he mentioned in a video message on Wednesday. He vowed to beat the illness regardless of its low survival charge.

Since 1984, the Canadian-born Trebek has hosted the syndicated recreation present, during which contestants should show their data of a broad array of trivia matters by stating their solutions within the type of a query.

Trebek, 78, mentioned in a video message posted to YouTube that he was identified with pancreatic most cancers earlier this week.

“Now usually, the prognosis for this isn’t very encouraging, however I’m going to battle this, and I’m going to maintain working,” Trebek mentioned.

“And with the love and help of my household and pals and with the assistance of your prayers additionally, I plan to beat the low survival charge statistics for this illness.”

Stage four sometimes means the most cancers has unfold to different elements of the physique, and the five-year survival charge for pancreatic most cancers that superior is three p.c, in accordance with the Pancreatic Most cancers Motion Community.

The low survival charge is attributed to the very fact fewer than 20 p.c of pancreatic tumors are confined to the pancreas on the time of analysis.

Trebek, who is understood for his straight-faced however witty banter with contestants, made a joke about his vow to outlive the illness.

“Fact informed, I’ve to!” he mentioned within the video message to followers. “As a result of underneath the phrases of my contract, I’ve to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for 3 extra years! So assist me. Hold the religion and we’ll win.”

“Jeopardy!” is watched by 23 million viewers per week within the U.S. and Canada, making it probably the most watched quiz present in that tv market. Trebek has hosted greater than 7,000 episodes.

He additionally has gained 5 Daytime Emmy awards for excellent recreation present host and in 2011 obtained a lifetime achievement Emmy.

After he was injured in a fall in 2017, Trebek had surgical procedure to take away blood clots on the mind and took a break from taping episodes.

He returned to the present in January 2018.

Trebek, who’s from a nickel-mining city in Ontario, suffered a coronary heart assault in 2012 and was hospitalized for one more in 2007.

“Jeopardy!” is produced by Sony Footage Tv, a division of Sony Corp, and distributed by a division of CBS Corp.