Mathew Knowles is getting candid about his health. The music executive and father of Beyoncé and Solange told Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” Wednesday that he was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and that he underwent surgery over the summer to treat the disease.
In addition to sharing his story, Knowles promoted awareness for breast cancer and encouraged men to seek out testing and open up about their experiences.
“I’m hoping by me coming here today, speaking out, letting folks know, that you can survive this, but it has to be early detection. And I can’t overemphasize the word ‘early,’” he told Michael Strahan.
Since Knowles carries the BRCA2 gene mutation, he is also at increased risk for other cancers. “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 explained.
These days, Knowles is doing “really good” and now he’s “doing all the steps for recovery.” He also revealed that his children have been tested for the BRCA2 gene mutation.