'I Wish I Had Known Sooner': Alex Trebek Issues PSA on Pancreatic Cancer

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By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is turning his battle with pancreatic cancer into advocacy, partnering with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to issue a public service announcement (PSA) aimed at heightening awareness of the killer disease.

The aim of the video PSA is to "help raise global awareness of the risks and symptoms of pancreatic cancer," Trebek says, wearing a purple tie -- the color representing advocacy in the fight against the disease.

"I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer," he notes in the one-minute video. "Other common symptoms can include mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss, new-onset diabetes and the yellowing of the skin or eyes."

The 79-year-old Trebek urges viewers to "join me in this fight" by wearing purple in November and spreading the word on social media about pancreatic cancer. Nov. 21 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.