ABC/”Good Morning America”Mathew Knowles, father Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles, revealed on Good Morning America on Wednesday that he is a breast cancer survivor and urged other men to get tested for the disease.
In an interview with GMA‘s Michael Strahan, Knowles says he was diagnosed about two months ago after he and his wife noticed small dots of blood on his shirts and the bedsheet.
“The first day I was like “Oh, OK, no big deal … maybe it’s something that just got on my T-shirt,” he recalled. “Second day I looked and the same thing and I was like, ‘Eh … interesting.'”
After he was diagnosed, Knowles says his initial response was to ask, “Why me?”
“Of all the things I could get, why would I get this?” he told Strahan.
Knowles said he underwent surgery at the end of July and is doing “really good.” He said he wanted to open up about his story to denounce the stigmas attached to male breast cancer and inspire more men to speak out.
“I’m hoping by me coming here today, speaking out, letting folks know that you can survive this,” he said. “But it has to be early detection,” he said.
Also, Knowles said, “breast cancer has been all around [him]” with many people passing away from the disease.
“My mother’s sister died of breast cancer, my mother’s sister’s two and only daughters died of breast cancer and my sister-in-law died in March of breast cancer,” he said.
That means Knowles’ daughters, including his grandchildren are at high risk for the disease.
“My kids have a 50% [chance of inheriting the BRCA gene mutation.] That’s male or female,” he said. “We used to think this was only an issue for women, but this is male or female.”
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