Music executive and father to mega-popstars Beyoncé and Solange, Mr. Mathew Knowles, has revealed he is currently battling breast cancer.
He disclosed his health crisis during a live radio programme on Wednesday October 2nd.
According to America-based National Breast Cancer Foundation, men also develop breast cancer although rare. Less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases involve men however it is most frequently diagnosed in men between the ages of 60 and 70.
The NBCF declared that “the lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000 and estimated that over 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die.”
Additionally, the NBCF warns that the mortality rate for men is higher than it is for females.
Mr. Knowles, who is 67 years old, noted that early detection helped him in managing the life-threatening disease. He said he had noticed blood stains that always appeared as a red dot on his shirt and bedspreads, noting that the subsequent concerns made him go for a mammogram.
“The mammogram revealed that I have breast cancer,” he said.
Knowles said he has the BRCA2 gene mutation, which places him at a higher risk for developing cancer.
“I have four things to be concerned about: prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma and breast cancer,” he said. “The rest of my life I have to be very much aware and conscious and do all of the early detection… for the rest of my life.”
After undergoing surgery the last week of July, Knowles said he is now “doing very well” and has changed his outlook on life. He’s stopped drinking, and he now exercises and meditates, he said.
He further said he has been on treatment and advises men to be vigilant regarding their health.
Source: Punch NG/CNN