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Health & Fit Alex Trebek Releases New PSA to Raise Pancreatic Cancer Awareness: 'I Wished I Had Known Sooner'

13:00  30 october  2019
13:00  30 october  2019 Source:   people.com

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Pancreatic cancer has low survival rates, but Trebek stayed positive and joked about his three-year hosting obligation under his contract. 'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer . More than 55,000 new cases were diagnosed last year, the institute estimates.

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One day after singer Lizzo declared that she’d “made it” after being an answer on Jeopardy!, the show’s longtime host Alex Trebek, 79, has launched a new public service announcement to help raise awareness for pancreatic cancer — a disease he was diagnosed with last March.

For the PSA, Trebek (who also made headlines this week when he called a fan with autism who wanted to wish him well) partnered with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to announce the upcoming World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which will be Nov. 21. In the PSA, Trebek points out that cancer still only has an abysmal single-digit, five-year survival rate (2-9%) in most countries. He’s joined 80 organizations from 30 countries to raise awareness of the risks and symptoms.

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Pancreatic cancer , which “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced he had on Wednesday, is difficult to diagnose because there is no screening test that can find it In some men with localized pancreatic tumors, the malignancy has grown too large for surgery to be useful — but it has not spread.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announced Wednesday he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer . He joked that he still has three years left on his contract, and added, "with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this

“I wished I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced before my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” Trebek says in the announcement, adding that other common symptoms include “mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss and the yellowing of the skin or eyes.”

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According to the organization’s release, the reason it has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers is because so few people know the risks and symptoms, and are thus diagnosed at an advanced stage. Each day, more than 1,284 people worldwide die from the disease, and better progress starts with early detection — the problem is, many of the symptoms can be vague and incorrectly attributed to less serious conditions.

Alex Trebek has 'some regrets' about sharing his pancreatic cancer diagnosis

  Alex Trebek has 'some regrets' about sharing his pancreatic cancer diagnosis "There’s a little too much of Alex Trebek out there, and I regret that,” the longtime "Jeopardy!" host says.“There are moments when I have some regrets about having gone public with it because … there’s a little too much of Alex Trebek out there, and I regret that,” he said in an interview with Canada’s CTV News last week. “To be the inspiration for a lot of other people makes me feel good, but it does place a responsibility on me that I feel I’m not deserving of.

He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on." Trebek is known for his quick wit and sense of humor, which was on display in his announcement , despite the somber message at its center. "Truth told, I have to [keep hosting] because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy'

Trebek ' s cancer is likely the type known as pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, says Timothy Donahue, MD, a professor of surgery and chief of He spoke in generalities about pancreatic cancer because Trebek did not release more details about his condition. "The other type of pancreatic

According to the organization, because there is still no screening test for pancreatic cancer, if you are experiencing one or more of the above persistent symptoms that Trebek mentions, you should absolutely mention pancreatic cancer to your healthcare provider, because “patients diagnosed at an earlier stage when surgery is an option are more likely to live five years and beyond.”

“On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, we unite as a global movement to advocate for early detection and better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients,” said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, WPCC chair. “By raising awareness of pancreatic cancer risks and symptoms, we hope that people will be aware and alert their doctor sooner when there is more opportunity for intervention.”

Trebek and WPCD ask that the world join him in raising awareness by wearing purple this November 21, and sharing the hashtag #WPCD on social media, or tagging @worldpancreticcancerday that day on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also ask your public health officials to support more government funding for pancreatic cancer research.

“Together, we can get it done,” says Trebek.

Go to worldpancreaticcancerday.org for more information, useful resources and links to pancreatic cancer organizations in your country/region.

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