October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Matthew Knowles is a survivor. The celebrity father tells Michael Strahan of Good Morning America that his outlook on life is positive after receiving his cancer diagnosis a few weeks back.
The famous father of Beyonce and Solange Knowles went in for testing after he noticed a spot of blood in the chest area of his shirt. “The first call was to my family, that was the very first call. Because this is genetics,” Knowles tells Strahan. “It also means 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.”
Matthew Knowles discovered that he had the BRCA mutation, which means that he is at a higher risk of developing four different types of cancer during his lifetime. The celebrity father has moved to take the highest precautionary measure of having both of his breasts removed.
“I am going to get the second breast removed in January because I want to do anything I can to reduce the risk,” Knowles tells Strahan. “We use the words ‘cancer-free,’ but medically there’s no such thing as ‘cancer-free.’ There’s always a risk,” he adds.
Some may remember Angelina Jolie chose to have both of her breasts removed after learning that she, too, was a recipient of the BRCA mutation. Some deemed the actress’s decision as too extreme. Others, however, understood the seriousness of the gene.
“My kids have a 50 to 70 percent chance of getting the BRCA mutation and breast cancer,” Matthew Knowles tells Michael Strahan. “That’s male or female,” he continues. “We used to think this was only an issue for women, but this is male or female.”
Breast cancer affects about one percent of men every year. You can learn more about the disease, as well as what you can do to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here!