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Health & Fit Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s Father, Reveals He is a 'Survivor of Breast Cancer'

20:00  02 october  2019
20:00  02 october  2019 Source:   prevention.com

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Mathew Knowles, Beyonce are posing for a picture: Mathew Knowles, father to Beyonce and Solange Knowles, revealed he was diagnosed with breast cancer in an interview with GMA. Here, the symptoms and risk factors he experienced.© SGranitz - Getty Images Mathew Knowles, father to Beyonce and Solange Knowles, revealed he was diagnosed with breast cancer in an interview with GMA. Here, the symptoms and risk factors he experienced.
  • Matthew Knowles, father to Beyonce and Solange Knowles, revealed he was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in an interview with Good Morning America.
  • Knowles says he has a BRCA2 genetic mutation and first realized something was off when he kept noticing a dot of blood on his shirts.
  • Doctors explain how common breast cancer is in men, the symptoms to know, and what the prognosis looks like.

Mathew Knowles made a surprising announcement on Good Morning America on Wednesday: He has breast cancer.

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Knowles, who is father to Beyonce and Solange Knowles, said he was recently diagnosed. “This is genetics,” Knowles said, noting that he has a BRCA2 genetic mutation that places him in a high risk of developing certain cancers. “It also means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk, even my grandkids have a higher risk. And they handled it like they should. They went and got the test.”

The 67-year-old said he first realized something was off when he kept noticing a dot of blood on his shirts. “The first day I was like ‘Oh, OK, no big deal ... maybe it’s something that just got on my T-shirt,’” he said. “Second day I looked and the same thing and I was like, ‘Eh ... interesting.’ Then on the third day I was like, “What is this? I wonder what this is.’”

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Knowles talked to his doctor, got a mammogram, and was diagnosed with breast cancer. He underwent surgery in late July and say he’s now “doing very well.” He’s also made some lifestyle changes. He stopped drinking and started exercising and meditating.

“Things that used to be important are not important to me now,” he said. “[I] just look at the world differently.”

How common is breast cancer in men?

While breast cancer is much more common in women, thousands of men are still diagnosed with the disease each year in the U.S. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 245,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women each year in the U.S., while 2,200 cases are diagnosed in men annually.

John Kiluk, MD, a surgical oncologist in the Breast Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, says he usually sees one new male breast cancer patient a month. “Most people don’t even realize that guys can get breast cancer,” he says.

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And like African American women, breast cancer is also more common in African American men, as well as the elderly.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer in men?

They signs of breast cancer in men are usually the same as they are in women, says Richard J. Bleicher, MD, a professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Typically, men will have a lump “either in the breast or under the arm,” he says.

Men with breast cancer may also have these symptoms, per the American Cancer Society:

  • A lump or swelling, which is often (but not always) painless
  • Skin dimpling or puckering
  • Nipple retraction (i.e. a nipple that turns inward)
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
  • Discharge from the nipple

How is breast cancer treated in men?

Men usually undergo a mastectomy, where one or both breasts are surgically removed, Dr. Bleicher says. However, he adds, some research has shown that doing breast conservation therapy like a lumpectomy (where a “lump” of breast tissue is removed) and radiation therapy on the breast can be helpful. “This is increasingly being used,” Dr. Bleicher says.

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What is the prognosis usually like?

It’s the same as it is for women, stage for stage, Dr. Bleicher says. But, he adds, “men are usually diagnosed at later stages, thought to be because they don’t associate a lump with breast cancer and present later to their doctors.”

As with most forms of cancer, early diagnosis is crucial. Knowles stressed that and said he wanted to speak out about his cancer journey to help encourage other men to get tested.

“I learned that the numbers that we have for men on breast cancer are not adequate because we don’t have enough men that come forward that take the exam,” he said. “I’m hoping by me coming here today, speaking out, letting folks know that you can survive this, but it has to be early detection. I can’t over emphasize the word ‘early.’”

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