Fort Worth Texas Gastroenterology


We were all somewhat shocked and saddened earlier this week when Alex Trebek announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. In an effort to help shed some light on this devastating disease.

Pancreatic Cancer


  • Pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, accounting for only 3% of all cancers
  • It is estimated that approximately 55,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and ~ 44,000 people will die from the disease
  • Although it is relatively rare, pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women
  • The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 8%


  • Pain in the upper abdomen (may radiate to the back)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Unexplained blood clots in the arms or legs (Deep Vein Thromboses)
  • New-onset diabetes


  • Advanced age
  • Male gender
  • African American race
  • Chronic pancreatic inflammation (Pancreatitis)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Certain genetic syndromes

If you are concerned about pancreatic cancer or feel that you might be at risk, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to seeing you!


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