Alex Trebek appeared in a public service announcement to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer.
In March, the 79-year-old old host from Jeopardy! Revealed that he had stage 4 of the disease and that the prognosis & # 39; not very encouraging & # 39; used to be.
In a video posted on the YouTube page of World Day for pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, Trebek talks about the symptoms he was dealing with.
Pancreatic cancer is notoriously fatal because its signs are vague and rarely appear until late stages when the cancer has spread far, making it more difficult to treat.
& # 39; I wish I had previously known that the persistent stomach pain that I had prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer & # 39 ;, Trebek says in the clip.
& # 39; Other common symptoms include back pain, unexplained weight loss, new diabetes and yellowing of the skin or eyes. & # 39;
Danger! host Alex Trebek, 79, appeared in a PSA on the YouTube page of the World pancreatic cancer on Wednesday,
In the clip, Trebek (left and right) discussed the signs and symptoms of the disease and said he wished he had known & # 39 ;. He asked viewers to wear purple in November and spread awareness on social media
Trebek says he decided to join forces with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to create the PSA because & # 39; more attention and awareness is needed & # 39; to help patients & # 39; fight and survive this disease & # 39 ;.
He asked viewers & # 39; to participate in this fight & # 39; by wearing purple in November and & # 39; spreading the word on social media & # 39 ;.
He ends by saying: & # 39; & # 39; Together we can get it done. & # 39;
Pancreatic cancer is caused by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas, a large gland in the digestive system.
It usually shows no symptoms in the early stages. Sufferers tend to develop signs, such as back pain and jaundice, when it has spread to other organs.
According to the American Cancer Society, around 56,000 will be diagnosed in the US in 2019 and about 45,000 will die from it.
Less than seven percent of patients survive five years, which means that pancreatic cancer has one of the worst chances of survival of all common cancers.
Trebek revealed in a video message on the YouTube page of Jeopardy! on March 6 of his diagnosis.
& # 39; I … wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some exaggerated or incorrect health reports, & # 39; he said to fans.
In a video message posted on YouTube in March 2019, Trebek revealed the stage 4 diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
It was reported that he was almost in remission, but had to start a second round of chemotherapy when his tumors returned. Pictured: Trebek at the Daytime Emmy Awards in April 2017
& # 39; Normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I am going to fight this and keep working.
& # 39; And with the love and support of my family and friends and also with the help of your prayers, I intend to beat the low survival rates for this disease.
& # 39; Truth told, I have to! Because according to my contract I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!
& # 39; So help me. Keep the faith and we will win. We will get it done. Thank you. & # 39;
After news this past spring that his tumors had shrunk in two and that he was almost in remission, Trebek told ABC & # 39; s & # 39; Good Morning America & # 39; that he again underwent chemotherapy.
"There are times when, for no reason, I feel this wave of sadness, depression," he said. & # 39; It doesn't take very long, but it takes over your entire being for a period of time. & # 39;
He added that he has developed mouth ulcers that make it difficult to proclaim and that he may have to stop organizing Jeopardy in the future! as result.
WHAT IS PANCREATIC CANCER?
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease. Approximately 95 percent of people who contract it die from it.
Joan Crawford, Patrick Swayze and Luciano Pavarotti all died of pancreatic cancer.
It is the fourth leading killer in the United States. Approximately 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year and 50,000 in the US.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
It is caused by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas – a large gland in the digestive system.
WHO HAS THE HIGHEST RISK?
The majority of cases (90 percent) are in people over 55 years of age. Approximately half of all new cases occur in people aged 75 or older. One in 10 cases is attributed to genetics.
Other causes are age, smoking and other health problems, including diabetes. About 80 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer have some form of diabetes.
WHY IS IT SO LETHAL?
There is no screening method for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer usually shows no symptoms in the early stages, when it would be more manageable.
Sufferers tend to develop the significant signs – jaundice and abdominal pain – around stage 3 or 4, when it has probably already spread to other organs.
WHAT ARE THE SURVIVAL RATES?
For all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year survival rate is 20 percent. After five years, that percentage drops to just nine percent.
If the cancer is caught in stage 1A, the five-year survival is around 14 percent and 12 percent for 1B.
In phase 2, these percentages are respectively seven and five percent. For third-stage pancreatic cancer, only three percent of people survive five years.
In stage IV, the survival rate after five years falls to just one percent.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
The only effective treatment is the removal of the pancreas. This appears to be largely ineffective for those whose cancer has spread to other organs. In those cases, palliative care is advised to relieve their pain at the end of their life.
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