Mathew Knowles has a first-hand early detection capability, which is why he asked his daughters, the superstar singers Beyoncé and Solange, to undergo a BRCA genetic test after being diagnosed with breast cancer in July.
The BRCA gene test is a blood test that identifies harmful and potentially carcinogenic mutations in one of the two breast cancer susceptibility genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2. Knowles, 67, a music executive who teaches at Prairie View's A & M University in Texas, tested positive for the mutation of the BRCA2 gene in the summer when doctors diagnosed his condition.
Knowing that mutations are inheritable in the BRCA2 gene, Knowles told PEOPLE in an interview for this week's edition that "Beyoncé and Solange are at increased risk for the same mutation."
But he notes, "They have an exceptional team and they have taken precautions, including the BRCA genetic test."
"They took care of it, it's a simple test," he says, "and they move on . "
Knowles first sign of breast cancer In July, he found a small blood stain on his But he did not think about it at first.
"My first reaction was that maybe I trained too hard," he says, "then I thought it might be some kind of reaction to my meds."
When the bleeding lasted for days, he said, "Then I knew I should go to the doctor." 19659013] Mathew Knowles | Bob Levey / WireImage "class =" JsEnabled_Op (0) JsEnabled_Bg (n) Trsdu (.42s) Bgr (nr) Bgz (cv) Maw (100%) "itemprop =" url "style =" background-image: url (https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/WsHUGe5whDRtLBjAjr7pjw–~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/http://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/tardis) /image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2019%2F10%2Fmatthew-knowles-1.jpg%3Fw%3D1024&w=1000&f=jpg&q=80); " src = "https://s.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif" data-reactid = "39" />
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Bleeding from the nipple is a symptom of breast cancer. A mammogram and biopsy showed that Knowles had Stage 1A breast cancer.
"I had no pain at all," he says. "It was not like I had discoloration – nothing, luckily this blood stain came out and luckily I wore white T-shirts – if I did not wear white T-shirts I might not have noticed it."
Knowles, who was accompanied by his wife Gena Charmaine Avery in the doctor's office during the diagnosis, says the first phone call he made when he found him was his ex-wife Beyoncé and Solange's mother Tina Knowles-Lawson. He said he "never imagined" getting a diagnosis of breast cancer, a cancer that affects about 1 in 800 men, despite a large family history of the disease.
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Dorraya El-Ashry, the Chief Scientific Officer of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, found "male breast cancer [occurs] to have a much lower incidence rate than female breast cancer."
"It is 0.1% of the rate of female breast cancer," she says HUMANS. "However, there are some known genetic causes of breast cancer, BRCA genes, so if a man has a BRCA2 gene mutation, the risk increases from 0.1% to 6%. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are both involved in the development of a
Knowles is now cancer-free after a mastectomy was performed in July to remove his right breast He plans to have his left breast in January
"There is always a risk that she will come back," he says, "but today I am cancer-free. I only have to go to an early detection [screening] of my prostate, my pancreas, my melanoma and my breast cancer every six months. If that's the only price I have to pay – every six months I spend a day in my life bothering to take exams – I'm very grateful for that. "
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Well, Knowles hopes to sensitize not only his family but also the whole world to the importance of early detection.
"It's all about early detection," he says. "The sooner you realize, the better your result will be."
He also wants to help eliminate the stigma surrounding male breast cancer.
"I wanted to remove the stigma of shame – the stigma of men." has to be tough, "he says. "And then I hope I have the opportunity sometime to speak with the heads of the American Cancer Society to comment, because I hear that men actually prefer it – regardless of whether it's the medically correct term [to call this] "Breast Cancer." This is the word that men often use for this area of our body, our chest. I think that if we did that, many more men would have to take exams. "
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Whether Destiny's Child fans can expect a reunion tour from the trio in the future, Knowles says it's still in the air.
"It would only take two to three years from the day the artist said yes to the day we saw the first show," he says. "The girls have not even decided to do it, so it will take some time, even if they say 'yes', and in the next two or three years, the musical will be the musical closest to you.'
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