He may not be as active in the public eye as his singer daughter Beyonce, but Mathew Knowles can also take partial credit of the star’s enduring success. However, the 67-year-old has recently made headlines as he reveals a shocking detail about his private life that could also serve as a warning to people.
The Knowles family patriarch announced on Good Morning America that he has been diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the music executive, he happens to have a genetic mutation which made him more at risk of developing certain types of cancers.
Unfortunately, this also means that he might have passed on the same risks to his children and grandchildren. He noted though that they’ve taken the necessary precautions because of the finding and got themselves tested as well.
Knowles then shared how he came to find out about his illness. His concerns began when he started noticing that his shirts had some dots of blood. He said that it was no big deal the first time it happened but he eventually decided to go to his doctor and get a mammogram. It was then he was officially diagnosed.
Since then Knowles has gotten surgery to address his illness and says that he is now doing well. What more, he’s also made positive lifestyle changes deciding to stop drinking and trying meditation.
Breast Cancer In Men
It’s also worth noting that breast cancer, while typically associated with women, is also a possibility for certain men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,200 men are diagnosed with the disease each year compared to the 245,000 cases involving women.
It’s also believed that men and women of African American descent are more prone to developing this certain kind of cancer.
Meanwhile, surgical oncologist Dr. John Kiluk from the Moffitt Cancer Center notes that he typically attends to one new male patient who suffers from breast cancer every month. He observes that a lot of people don’t think men actually get the disease.
What to Watch Out For
According to experts, the symptoms of breast cancer in men is also similar to the ones observed in female patients. These can manifest as a lump in one part of the breast or under their arm. Meanwhile the American Cancer Society lists the following common symptoms as well: redness in the breast area, some form of discharge, and skin dimpling.
For treatment, patients can opt for an operation called mastectomy which involves the removal of one or both breasts. Radiation therapy and a lumpectomy, the removal of the lump of breast tissue, are also said to be helpful.