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Paddy Power to donate £1MILLION to Prostate Cancer UK after record number of 180s at the World Darts Championship… with newly-crowned champion Luke Humphries pledging part of his £500k prize money too

Paddy Power have rounded up the amount of money raised for Prostate Cancer UK to £1m after a record number of 180s were scored at the World Darts Championship. 

The bookmaker had said they would donate £1,000 for every maximum achieved at Alexandra Palace, but after a phenomenal 914 180s, tournament sponsor Paddy Power and charity Prostate Cancer UK have confirmed that it will be rounded up from £914,000 to a full £1m. 

Newly-crowned champion Luke Humphries has pledged to donate part of his £500,000 prize money to the charity as well, after racking up 73 180s in the tournament to win the Ballon d’Art trophy, awarded for the most maximums achieved in the World Darts Championship. 

On Wednesday night, Cool Hand Luke Humphries defeated the 16-year-old Luke Littler 7-4 in the final, with the new world number one marking his achievement by coming from four sets to two behind to beat the young prodigy.

Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive Laura Kerby said: ‘Thanks a million! It’s been a magical few weeks at the Paddy Power World Darts Championship and we were absolutely thrilled this morning when Paddy Power agreed to round up the £914,000 to an incredible £1million.

Paddy Power will round up donation to Prostate Cancer UK to £1m after record number of 180s

Paddy Power will round up donation to Prostate Cancer UK to £1m after record number of 180s

The bookmaker had pledged £1,000 for every maximum achieved at Alexandra Palace

The bookmaker had pledged £1,000 for every maximum achieved at Alexandra Palace 

Newly-crowned champion Luke Humphries has pledged to donate part of his prize money too

Newly-crowned champion Luke Humphries has pledged to donate part of his prize money too 

‘With every maximum thrown by both Lukes and the world’s top players; with every iconic shout of ‘180’ we have made a huge difference to men affected by this disease – and their loved ones too.’

Along with the Sid Waddell Trophy, Humphries also secured the inaugural Ballon d’Art. He entered the final with 50 maximums to his name, but hit a further 23 in his victory over Littler to finish with a tournament-best 73.

The charity campaign resonated with 28-year-old Humphries as his girlfriend’s father was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Before Wednesday’s victory, he vowed to give the Ballon d’Art trophy to his girlfriend’s father if he won it, saying: ‘What he’s gone through is going to be much harder than what I’m going to go through. 

‘I’m just playing in a tournament. It’s just a game. Life is more important and I’d love to win it for him.’

Kerby added: ‘The fact Luke Humphries and Luke Littler raised £136,000 between them, is testament to their efforts in the tournament and a huge well done to Luke Humphries for winning a maiden title, with the Ballon d’Art extra sweet given his family’s connection to the cause.

‘We’re thrilled at the success of the campaign to date and as well as some sharp shooting from the players, its hugely encouraging that more than 90,000 people have completed our online risk checker.

‘1 in 8 men will be affected by prostate cancer. It’s a disease that is curable if caught early, but early-stage prostate cancer often has no symptoms, so it is vital that men know their risk. This online tool is the first step.

Humphries will give the Ballon d'Art trophy to his girlfriend's father, who has prostate cancer

Humphries will give the Ballon d’Art trophy to his girlfriend’s father, who has prostate cancer

‘A massive thanks to Paddy Power for driving forward this campaign, for the PDC and of course those laser-focussed players for peppering the treble 20 bed. It’s been essential viewing from start to finish, and has almost certainly saved lives too.’

WHAT IS THE PROSTATE CANCER UK RISK CHECKER? 

The charity’s risk checker involves just three quick questions including your age, your family history of the disease and ethnicity to determine if you carry any of the risk factors. 

It then provides information on how men over 50 can access a free prostate cancer check and the opportunity to receive further information via email.

This includes links to what you could ask your GP, contact details for the charity’s specialist nurses, and further resources on symptoms of the disease.  

Paddy Power’s ‘Big 180’ pledge was backed by national treasure and Jeopardy presenter Stephen Fry, who urged all men to take Prostate Cancer UK’s potentially life-saving 30-second online test to check their risk.

Across the tournament, 92,634 men used the risk checker to assess their potential to develop the disease, and 70% of respondents were found to be at high risk. 

This means the initiative may also save lives, as well as helping to fund the fight against the disease. 

More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, but 9,000 men a year are diagnosed once it has already spread, making it the second most common cause of death from cancer in men after lung cancer.

Experts agree that early detection is key to boosting survival rates. 

The risk of prostate cancer increases as you age, with most cases developing in men aged 50 or older, the NHS says. 

Symptoms can include needing to urinate more often, having to wait longer before you can pass urine, erectile dysfunction, blood in urine, weight loss or any new and unexplained lower back pain.

In August, Prostate Cancer UK also announced that referrals for the disease have reached a record high in the last year — rising 17 per cent — thanks to the ‘Bill Turnbull’ effect. 

They said they believe the death of ambassador and presenter encouraged men to go and get tested. 

The Daily Mail also recently relaunched its End the Needless Prostate Deaths campaign in a bid to improve diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. 

New data shows the number of people completing Prostate Cancer UK's online checker was five times higher than during the same time period last year. Of the 25,000 men who have used the tool since the announcement on November 30, seven in ten, some 17,500, have been identified as being 'high risk', according to the charity

New data shows the number of people completing Prostate Cancer UK’s online checker was five times higher than during the same time period last year. Of the 25,000 men who have used the tool since the announcement on November 30, seven in ten, some 17,500, have been identified as being ‘high risk’, according to the charity

More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year on average in the UK, making it the most common cancer in men. Around 12,000 men die every year from the disease ¿ the equivalent of one every 45 minutes

 More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year on average in the UK, making it the most common cancer in men. Around 12,000 men die every year from the disease — the equivalent of one every 45 minutes

WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER?

How many people does it kill? 

More than 11,800 men a year – or one every 45 minutes – are killed by the disease in Britain, compared with about 11,400 women dying of breast cancer.

It means prostate cancer is behind only lung and bowel in terms of how many people it kills in Britain. 

In the US, the disease kills 26,000 men each year.

Despite this, it receives less than half the research funding of breast cancer and treatments for the disease are trailing at least a decade behind.

How many men are diagnosed annually?

Every year, upwards of 52,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK – more than 140 every day.   

How quickly does it develop? 

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs someone has it for many years, according to the NHS. 

If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ may be adopted. 

Some patients can be cured if the disease is treated in the early stages.

But if it is diagnosed at a later stage, when it has spread, then it becomes terminal and treatment revolves around relieving symptoms.

Thousands of men are put off seeking a diagnosis because of the known side effects from treatment, including erectile dysfunction.

Tests and treatment

Tests for prostate cancer are haphazard, with accurate tools only just beginning to emerge. 

There is no national prostate screening programme as for years the tests have been too inaccurate.

Doctors struggle to distinguish between aggressive and less serious tumours, making it hard to decide on treatment.

Men over 50 are eligible for a ‘PSA’ blood test which gives doctors a rough idea of whether a patient is at risk.

But it is unreliable. Patients who get a positive result are usually given a biopsy which is also not fool-proof. 

Scientists are unsure as to what causes prostate cancer, but age, obesity and a lack of exercise are known risks. 

Anyone with any concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org

Humphries arrived at the Ally Pally as the pre-tournament favourite after winning the World Grand Prix, the Players Championship Final and the Grand Slam.

And speaking to Sky Sports after his triumph, he insisted winning the PDC World Championship will not quench his thirst for major titles. 

Humphries said: ‘I don’t want to say I’ve completed darts but I’ve done everything that was on the resume.

‘Now it’s about motivating yourself to do more: I want to be double world champion and win loads of majors.’ 

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