We can help people at risk, but it is much more challenging if most people think that early detection and prevention are impossible.
Pancreatic cancer has a bad reputation. It is a terrible disease, but most people do not realize there are ways that early detection can help.
When the “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek, announced last week that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many people assumed that it was an automatic death sentence.
Not Mr. Trebek.
“I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” he said in a video. “Truth told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years.”
He was trying to stay positive. But the more prevalent grim outlook even affects some doctors. Not long ago, an officer of the American Cancer Society said that there was no standard screening test for pancreatic cancer that is proven to save lives, noting that CT scans, which could help detect early cancers, carry risks of their own.
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