Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek uses YouTube to confirm pancreatic cancer diagnosis
Alex Trebek, the host of TV’s Jeopardy! for 35 years, took to YouTube on Wednesday to announce bad news about his health. The 78-year-old has been diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer.
“I have some news to share with you, and it’s keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fanbase,” Trebek said in the video statement (embedded below). “I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. Therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.”
His statement, unsurprisingly, sets medical context for his news, including his statement that his diagnosis is “just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year.” He also expresses his desire and confidence to take the cancer diagnosis head-on, telling viewers that he “plans to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”