Mathew Knowles, a well-known music executive and the father of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles, recently said in an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan that he is battling stage IA breast cancer.
Knowles shared his story about how he came to terms with his diagnosis, thoughts on the stigmas attached to male breast cancer and how he hopes his opening up out about the issue will inspire more men to speak out.
He said that he was diagnosed with the disease two months ago after he and his wife noticed small dots of blood on his shirts and the bedsheet.
After informing his family about the diagnosis, he underwent surgery, Knowles said. “This is genetics,” he added. “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.”
“Men want to keep it hidden, a secret, we feel embarrassed – and there’s no reason for that,” said Knowles, urging other men to get tested for the disease.
Knowles said his outlook on life has now changed and that he is focused on living a healthier life.
“I stopped drinking. I wanted to just have a clean bill of health,” he said. “Things that used to be important, (are) not important to me now. I just look at the world differently.”
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