Music executive, Matthew Knowles, the father of singer Beyoncé, has opened up on his breast cancer diagnosis and his recovery following surgery.
Matthew confirmed last month that he’d been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier on in the year, with him since undergoing a mastectomy and hoping for a full recovery.
He’s raising awareness of the disease, especially in men, and encouraging the importance of early detection which he says helped me to get treatment so quickly.
Matthew and his family have a history of breast cancer and prostate cancer, and the music manager also confirmed he learned he had a BRCA2 mutation passed down through genetics.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Friday, Matthew explained it was “tough” telling his children and family about his diagnosis.
He also had to warn them about the genetic gene, given their family history too, to check if anyone else was at risk of the disease.
Matthew told Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: “It was tough to have to tell [Beyoncé and Solange] that. But genetically it’s all my family members. I had to talk to my sister, my nieces, my grandson, everyone is affected by this.”
He added of their support: “My daughters love their father obviously and I love my daughters. The love there and the care and family, it’s always good to have family in these tough times.
“But my kids know how tough their dad is, and what a fighter I am. I’m also very cautious and I’m doing all the things… it’s a lifestyle change. I stopped drinking, I’m working out more, losing weight. All of those things.
“Also, it’s a mental thing, every time you have a cold or anything, you immediately think, ‘Boy it’s cancer coming back’. It’s a psychological thing you have to work on and I’m getting there with that.”
Matthew also discussed the importance of early detection, and his discovery that he was at risk of other cancers too.
He said: “My first symptoms were nipple discharge and I knew immediately that that wasn’t normal. Because I had sold mammography equipment, I went immediately to the doctor.
“I got a mammogram, I got a biopsy and we found out that it was cancerous at an early, early stage, stage 1A and had surgery and hopefully will have a full recovery.
“We also found out genetically I have a BRCA2 mutation, which means I have a higher risk of prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma, but I’ve had MRIs and all of the exams and we’ve tested really good, hopefully I can have a normal, normal life.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.