CBS News reports that longtime JEOPARDY! game show host Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Below is a statement from a YouTube video that Alex released today (Wednesday, March 6th.) announcing his  current medical condition.

Rich Fields backstage of JEOPARDY! with Alex Trebek (2012).

Alex Trebek, now 78 years old, has hosted JEOPARDY! since 1978 and hopes to be one of the few that can beat this disease.

As a cancer survivor myself I know this can be devastating news. I was fortunate to beat my cancer (knock on wood), however both my father and my aunt died of pancreatic cancer, within 4 months of each other. I will be praying for Alex as he takes on this courageous fight.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .