The host of ‘Jeopardy!’ has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Host Alex Trebek shared the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon saying he wanted to keep his “longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base.”
Trebek said he chose to announce his diagnosis himself to prevent his supporters from reading or hearing some “overblown or inaccurate report regarding his health.”
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Trebek said in a video posted on Twitter.
According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer starts when cells in the pancreas start to grow out of control. The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach. Stage four means cancer has spread to distant parts of the body such as the lungs, liver or bones. There is a three percent survival rate at that stage.
Although the prognosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer is not very encouraging, the ‘Jeopardy!’ host said, “I’m gonna fight this.”
Trebek said he plans to beat the low survival rate for pancreatic cancer.
“Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me,” Trebek said. “Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”