Alex Trebek wants to make sure people with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed before it’s too late.
The “Jeopardy!” host has partnered with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition for a new PSA announcing World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Nov. 21, and to raise awareness of the risks and symptoms of the disease.
“I wished I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced before my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” Trebek explains in the PSA.
He lists common symptoms of the cancer, including “mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss, and the yellowing of the skin or eyes.”
The 79-year-old announced in March that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Treatment over the spring and summer was successful and he has since returned to hosting the long-running game show.
Not everyone else is so lucky, though, as Trebek points out in the PSA, noting that pancreatic cancer has only a single-digit, five-year survival rate in most countries.
There is currently no screening test for pancreatic cancer, so the WPCC recommends asking your doctor or health care provider if the symptoms Trebek listed appear.
“Together, we can get it done,” he says.