Legendary arrowsmen Dennis Priestley, Martin Adams and Bobby George have thrown their weight behind our pub fundraising and awareness campaign after two of them shared their own experiences of the most common cancer in men.
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 on Tuesday 12 December at a London pub that has signed up as a Men United Arms venue.
Just 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 turned out in support of our pub fundraising and awareness initiative at The Minories, Tower Hill.
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 don't just have five world titles between them, but also two prostate cancer diagnoses.
‘Wolfie’ Adams, who is gunning for a fourth BDO World title in January, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016. He says the support he's received from people and the darting community since he went public about it with us has been “unbelievable”.
I always tell people not to be shy; to go and see their doctors. Being shy could cost you your life
While Dennis ‘The Menace’ is the only man to have won both the PDC and BDO World Championships at the first attempt, and January 2018 will mark 10 years since his successful prostatectomy.
“I’m the proof after 10 years that if you get it diagnosed early enough, you can beat prostate cancer,” says Dennis, who reckons pubs are an ideal place to reach men like him who may be too shy to see the doctors about any problems below the belt.
“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. 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.”
The larger-than-life George, twice a World Championship runner up, is also a big supporter of the Men United Arms campaign, saying: “It’s so important that pubs and landlords get fundraising for this cause but also start raising awareness among their locals of this disease.
“Awareness is the key. If we can get landlords to start conversations in their pubs about this, the more we can save lives.”
Find out more about our Men United Arms campaign and how you and your local pub or brewery can get involved.