Thursday 14th December 2017
Darting royalty Dennis Priestley, Martin Adams and Bobby George have stepped up to the oche in the fight against prostate cancer, attending an exclusive event at a pub that has signed up as a Men United Arms venue in London.
On Tuesday morning, December 12th, two days before the PDC World Championships kick off in London – and a month before the BDO tournament concludes in Frimley Green, Surrey – the legendary trio supported the leading men’s health charity’s drive against the most common cancer in men at the special pub event in The Minories, Tower Hill.
The Men United Arms is Prostate Cancer UK’s unique experience for pubs, bars and clubs. The aim is to raise awareness of prostate cancer and get conversations started in places where people feel comfortable talking.
Landlords and licensees have also been tasked with raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK by hosting events amongst their customers, including darts, racing and quiz nights.
One in eight men in the UK will be affected by prostate cancer and it’s a disease that has directly affected both Priestley and Adams; the duo not just having five world titles between them, but also two prostate cancer diagnoses.
‘Wolfie’ Adams is gunning for a fourth BDO World title at Frimley Green in January as he continues his own fight against prostate cancer.
Affectionally known as ‘The Menace’, Priestley, 67, is the only man to have won both the PDC and BDO World Championships at the first attempt, and January 2018 marks 10 years since his surgery to combat the disease.
The Mexborough native, champion in 1991 and 1994, said: “I’m the proof after ten years if you get it diagnosed early enough you can beat prostate cancer. I always tell people not to be shy; to go and see their doctors if they are worried. Being shy could cost you your life.
“This is a great incentive. Pubs predominantly are where men want to go and they are usually around my age, from 40s into 70s and that’s around the time you need to be aware of problems with prostate cancer.”
Market Deeping’s Adams, 61, whose three world crowns came in 2007, 2010 and 2011, was diagnosed with the disease in April 2016. He added: “The support I have received has been unbelievable and overwhelming, both locally and from the darting community.
“I’ve also met and spoken to a lot of people who are going through prostate cancer or know someone or are just worried about it. I always say to go and speak to a doctor or look on the Prostate Cancer UK website. The wealth of information on there is incredible and not just the information but a whole community of people who are going through the same thing and can react and speak to each other in the forum.”