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What is pancreatic cancer? Alex Trebek’s difficult diagnosis.
Washington Post

Alex Trebek ended his announcement Wednesday that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer with a somber vow.

“I’m going to fight this,” said the beloved “Jeopardy!” game show host. “I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease.”

But exactly how hard is it to beat pancreatic cancer? The answer: very. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.

The National Cancer Institute tracked patients’ survival rates from the time of diagnosis and found that by the five-year mark, only 9 percent of pancreatic cancer patients remained alive.