Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles has revealed having surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 67-year-old spoke about his diagnosis in an interview with Good Morning America (GMA) which aired on Wednesday, saying he first realised something was wrong when he noticed a recurring dot of blood on his shirts.
Knowles, who formerly worked as manager to both Beyonce and her sister Solange, as well as Destiny’s Child, said he was “a survivor of breast cancer” and doing well after an operation at the end of July.
In a clip shared on social media by GMA, he is asked by presenter Michael Strahan how he felt telling his family about the diagnosis.
“The first call was to my family, that was the very first call, because this is genetics, it also means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk, even my grandkids have a higher risk,” he said.
“They handled it like they should, they went and got the test.”
Breast cancer in men is rare but does occur, usually in men aged over 60, according to NHS guidance.
Cancer Research says there are about 390 men diagnosed each year in the UK – compared with 54,800 cases in women.
“Of all the things I could get, why would I get this?” Knowles told Strahan, when asked what went through his mind when he was told he had the disease. “From a man’s perspective, I’m thinking, ‘why me?'”
The outlook for breast cancer patients varies depending on how far it has spread by the time of diagnosis.
Symptoms include a lump in the area, inverted nipples, a rash that does not go away or hardening of the skin around the nipple, and small bumps in the armpit.
Knowles said he hoped speaking out about his diagnosis would help other men who might otherwise fail to speak out about having symptoms.
“I’m hoping that 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-emphasise the word ‘early’.”
Knowles also said he now has to have regular cancer checks, and that he is more at risk of having other forms of the disease.
“The rest of my life I have to be very much aware and conscious and do all of the early detection; constant mammograms, constant prostate exams, constant MRI, for the rest of my life,” he said.