When Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced that he has late-stage pancreatic cancer in March 2019, his fans were stunned. The cancer is incredibly tough to beat, and although Trebek was initially optimistic, he now admits taping the show is more challenging. He'll keep filming as long as his skills don't diminish, but they've started diminishing, he told CTV. "The thought of the pancreatic cancer doesn't frighten me," he says. "I'm 79 years old. So, hey, I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life. I know that."

Pancreatic cancer is a stealthy and often lethal opponent. It is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent, according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan). Other notable people who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer include Michael Landon, Steve Jobs, and Patrick Swayze. There are people who you didn't know survived cancer before 30.

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