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Alex Trebek Announces That He Has Cancer

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced yesterday through a video that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“I have some news to share with all of you, and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy fan base,” Trebek started off. “Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”

Stage 4 cancer means that it has spread to other parts of Trebek’s body. It typically can’t be cured at this stage, but it can be treated.

Trebek however said he will fight this.

“I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” he said. “And 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 disease.”

Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy since its current iteration’s debut in 1984.

The video of Trebek’s announcement can be found here.

Monica Sager is a freelance writer from Clark University, where she is pursuing a double major in psychology and self-designed journalism with a minor in English. She wants to become an investigative journalist to combat and highlight humanitarian issues. Monica has previously been published in The Pottstown Mercury, The Week UK, Worcester Telegram and Gazette and even The Boston Globe. Read more of Monica’s previous work on her Twitter @MonicaSager3.
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