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Chat Show King Raises Awareness Of Prostate Cancer

Wednesday July 17 2013


Dickie Bird with Sir Michael Parkinson Dickie Bird with Sir Michael Parkinson


CHAT show king Sir Michael Parkinson has got a blunt question for all the blokes in Barnsley: "Can you pee against the wall from two feet away?" Parky is not issuing a macho challenge - there is a serious message behind his inquiry.

The 78-year-old has been diagnosed with prostate cancer - and he is using his fame to make other men aware of the symptoms.

"Seriously I want to ask every single man in Barnsley that question," he said. "Can they pee against that wall?

"Because if they cannot hit the wall from two feet away then they really need to get themselves checked out. There may be no pain or discomfort or symptoms, but they need to go to the doctor.

"I would be thrilled if the number of men getting checked out in Barnsley increased because of my condition."

The Barnsley-born TV star is undergoing radiotherapy treatment every morning and is expected to make a full recovery after spotting the condition early.
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The former Barnsley Grammar School pupil is getting up at 5am every day to travel to a London hospital for treatment at 9am so he can then get home and back to work.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:12
So all the drinkers caught short on the way home or between pubs can avoid arrest or a fine this weekend by claiming to be doing a prostate test?

Reply Posted by Gregory Grookett on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:14
This was very informative thanks for the information Sincerely, Gregory Grookett

Reply Posted by Robert on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:19
Not only pee Michael, but I can spin it around like a helicopter and pee 6ft high.... Get well soon!

Reply Posted by Wendy on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:40
Get Well Soon Parky :)

Reply Posted by Moe. on Saturday July 20 2013 at 22:41
Good of you tell all the men . I hope they take it seriously ..... Hope you get well soon .

Reply Posted by janet on Tuesday July 23 2013 at 00:42
any 1 can pee after a drink! n wd that u can spin it round Robert. sorry to here of your problems mr Parkinson, but this silly task is more informative to men than what they think. .......... no one is infamable , cancer has no predjuces