People are posting the 8 ball emoji on their Facebook status

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The pool ball icon is trying to raise awareness of an important issue

IT HAS been randomly popping up on people’s Facebook feeds and left many scratching their heads about why.

Thousands of men have been updating their status by simply posting the eight ball emoji without any explanation.

Thousands of men have been posting the eight ball emoji on Facebook

Thousands of men have been posting the eight ball emoji on Facebook

But now the reason why people have been posting the symbol on social media has been revealed.

And it is nothing to do with sport or being a symbol of good luck – it’s all for a good cause.

The emoji is being used to promote awareness of prostate cancer among men online, as the number 8 refers to the gleason score.

The emoji is being used to promote awareness of prostate cancer among men online

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The emoji is being used to promote awareness of prostate cancer among men online

The score is used by medics to grade how advanced prostate cancer is, with a score of eight or above, meaning the condition is at an advanced stage.

The mystery behind the statuses was cleared up on Reddit, where one user said he created the campaign.

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He wrote: “Trying to raise awareness for prostate cancer can all you men (only men ) (i made this one up for you blokes) please put a 8-ball on your wall don’t comment then send this on to all your male mates.”

It’s hoped it will remind men to look out for the tell-tale signs of the disease which affects 46,000 people in the UK each year.

It comes as a new groundbreaking treatment for men with enlarged prostates has been developed that can save lives without the need for surgery.

Prostate cancer affects 46,000 men in the UK each year

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Prostate cancer affects 46,000 men in the UK each year

But it’s not the first time Facebook icons have been used to spread awareness of cancer.

Last month, tens of thousands of women were sharing the red heart emoji to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it – Prostate Cancer UK advert

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