"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek has released a video in which he says he has reached the one-year mark of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
He says the one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%, and the two-year rate is only 7%, but he says his doctor told him his prognosis is good for reaching the two-year mark.
He says the first year has been rough, with lots of pain and depression, but says giving up his fight would be a betrayal of all his supporters, including his wife.
He’s become outspoken in raising awareness of the disease and the symptoms.
Some symptoms include persistent stomach pain, mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss, new-onset diabetes and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
Those most at risk are older men, cigarette smokers, diabetics, alcohol abusers and people with a family history of pancreatic cancer.
Trebek has hosted the game show since 1984. It airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on WHSV.