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The Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer Alex Trebek Wanted You to Know

Best Life Logo By Charlie Duerr of Best Life | Slide 2 of 5: According to Trebek's wife of 30 years, stomach pain was the first sign of trouble she noticed in her husband. After finishing a family dinner while on a 2018 vacation in Israel, Jean Trebek noticed that something was off with her spouse and asked if he was okay. "Alex is not one to complain. But he admitted that he was having some stomach pains," she wrote in a July 2020 essay for the magazine Guideposts. "I figured, okay, we were in a different country. Maybe it was something he ate. Later, back home in California, things were still not right. His doctor ran some tests, then some more. We weren't so worried that we canceled a trip to New York. It was there, in our hotel, that we got a call from his doctor. 'We need to see you as soon as you get back from your trip. We have some concerns.'"Trebek himself also recalled the early symptom, though he didn't know what to make of it at first. "I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced was a symptom of pancreatic cancer," Trebek said in a video released on National Pancreatic Cancer Day in 2019, O, The Oprah Magazine reported. And for other aches you need to acknowledge, check out the 25 Common Pains You Should Never Ignore.

1. Persistent stomach pain

According to Trebek's wife of 30 years, stomach pain was the first sign of trouble she noticed in her husband. After finishing a family dinner while on a 2018 vacation in Israel, Jean Trebek noticed that something was off with her spouse and asked if he was okay. "Alex is not one to complain. But he admitted that he was having some stomach pains," she wrote in a July 2020 essay for the magazine Guideposts. "I figured, okay, we were in a different country. Maybe it was something he ate. Later, back home in California, things were still not right. His doctor ran some tests, then some more. We weren't so worried that we canceled a trip to New York. It was there, in our hotel, that we got a call from his doctor. 'We need to see you as soon as you get back from your trip. We have some concerns.'"

Trebek himself also recalled the early symptom, though he didn't know what to make of it at first. "I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced was a symptom of pancreatic cancer," Trebek said in a video released on National Pancreatic Cancer Day in 2019, O, The Oprah Magazine reported. And for other aches you need to acknowledge, check out the 25 Common Pains You Should Never Ignore.

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