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Alex Trebek has Stage 4 Cancer, Vows to Keep Working

"Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Trebek, 78, said in an inspirational video to his fans.


Longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced he has cancer in a video message to his fans. "Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Trebek, 78, said in the video.

While acknowledging the prognosis for this type of diagnosis "is not very encouraging," Trebek vowed to fight it and keep working.

"I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," said Trebek. For patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the five-year survival rate is only 3 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Many took to Twitter to wish the Jeopardy host well.

We here at Sparkt know all about what a struggle fighting cancer can be. Our founder Marty Griffin recorded a video message of his own for the Jeopardy host.

Trebek has hosted Jeopardy since the show was revived in 1984.

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