Health & Fit Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s Father, Reveals He is a 'Survivor of Breast Cancer'
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"I didn’t think I had any strength left in me, but obviously, I do!"
- 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 onon Wednesday: He has breast cancer.
Beyoncé's Dad Matthew Knowles Reveals Fight With Breast Cancer on Good Morning America
Mathew Knowles is set to open up about his battle with breast cancer on Wednesday's "Good Morning America." The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports the disease is extremely rare among men.Now, possibly taking a signal from his daughter's recent candor, Mathew Knowles is set to open up, too.
Knowles, who is father to Beyonce and Solange Knowles, said he was recently diagnosed. “This is genetics,” Knowles, noting that he has a that places him in a high risk of developing certain cancers. “It also means that my kids , 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.’”
Mathew Knowles Breast Cancer: Beyonce's Father Reveals Diagnosis, But How Common is Breast Cancer in Men?
Beyonce's father's breast cancer diagnosis is very rare. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases are among men. The American Cancer Society, meanwhile, says that the lifetime risk of men getting breast cancer is about 1 in 833.Breast cancer is 100 times less likely to develop in white men than white women, but 70 times less likely to develop in black men than black women.The American Cancer Society says that the long-term prognosis for black men with cancer tends to be worse than for their white counterparts. The same is true for black women.
Knowles talked to his doctor, got a, and was diagnosed with . 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 .
“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(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, 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, as well as the elderly.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer in men?
Theyin men are usually the same as they are in women, says , 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, 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, 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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When she announced on Instagram, Beyonce surprised many. Her many fans first, who have been millions to like her photo, festival where she must perform in April, but also and especially, her dad, Mathew Knowles. The latter who managed his career until 2011 and who has long been scrambled with his daughter, apparently did not receive a single call from it before this big announcement made on the Internets.
Former Queen Be managerUniversity about the entertainment industry, told The Insider magazine that he even learned the big news in a funny way. . "I received a first text and I thought, but why this person congratulates me. Afterwards, I received a second one and he was one of my students. So I asked him what he was talking about. He replied: "Go on the web," he said. After falling on the famous cliché, he caught his phone and had "a fantastic conversation that a father can have with his daughter," he said, without seeming annoyed.
"She looked very tired because she worked very hard on her Grammy performance, I told her she needed to rest" before saying, "I'm very very proud and happy for Jay-Z and she. Blue Ivy is going to have brothers or sisters and she is already very excited. Mathew Knowles also said he found "very smart" the way his daughter announced the news to the world: "She did it herself, in her own way, before the media did it, it's played very well on his part, "he concluded.
For men with breast cancer, early detection is critical .
Breast cancer in men accounts for about 1% of all breast cancer cases – but the mortality rate is higher for men
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