(WPRI) — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek, 78, has been hosting the show since 1984. In a video posted to the show’s YouTube page, Trebek said he learned of his diagnosis earlier this week.
According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. PanCAN anticipates it will become the second cause of cancer-related deaths in the nation by 2020.
PanCAN says pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate of just 9%. Despite the grim outlook, Trebek said he plans to continue working and hopefully beat cancer.
“I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek said in the video. “Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!”
Trebek’s full announcement: