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In a video message "Danger!" host Alex Trebek told fans he will continue to fight and "beat low survival statistics".
USA TODAY

You may think you hear a lot about pancreatic cancer because some famous people have announced they are being treated for the disease.

This week, Oakland Executive Director L. Brooks Patterson announced he has pancreatic cancer. Earlier this month, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek told fans he also struggled with the disease. Last summer, Queen Areta Franklin of Detroit succumbed to pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, as well as Apple's chairman, CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. Actors Patrick Swayze and Michael Landon also died from pancreatic cancer.

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Oakland County Artist L. Brooks Patterson (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Press, Ryan Garza, Detroit Press)