Former England and Newcastle United footballer Les Ferdinand has urged men to not ignore statistics of a recent survey by Prostate Cancer UK.
Over 40,000 men are diagnosed each year with Prostate Cancer but their knowledge of this part of the body is extremely slim.
The survey of 1,900 men found:
- 92% were clueless about the gland's role
- 54% did not know where it was
- 17% did not know they had a prostate
The prostate is about the size of a walnut and is located below the bladder and slightly in front of the rectum.
It's crucial for sex as it produces the fluid that nourishes the sperm and aids ejaculation.
Ferdinand saw his grandfather suffer with the disease and at the end of his life, said: "I'm not surprised so many men don't know what their prostate does - it's an easy gland to ignore."
"In fact, until prostate cancer affected my family, my knowledge of the prostate was pretty slim.
"Don't ignore the statistics and don't ignore your risk.
"Join the fight to beat the disease."