Mathew Knowles revealed that he was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. He has started speaking out about his experience in the hope that it will make more people aware of the risk of breast cancer in men.
Early Signs and Treatment
Knowles said that he noticed a recurring red dot of blood on his shirt and sheets that caused him to think something was wrong. He went and had a mammogram, which revealed his breast cancer.
Knowles had surgery last July and is currently in treatment. He’s also started exercising and meditating and stopped drinking to help improve his health. He says he will get his second breast removed in January to help reduce his risk.
A New Outlook on Life
Knowles said he now “looked at the world differently” and was aware of how his life would change because of the diagnosis. In an interview with ABC he said, “Things that used to important are not important to me now.”
Knowles also spoke about his increased risk and how he is now being more cautious about his health in general.
Openness and Encouraging Testing
After Knowles told his family the news, both of his daughters got tested for breast cancer. He wants his children and grandchildren to be cautious about it because they will have a higher risk of the disease.
Less than 1 percent of breast cancer cases involve men, but the mortality rate is higher for male patients. That may be part of why Knowles is encouraging everyone to get tested. He said, “I want to continue the dialogue on awareness and early detection – male or female. The key to this is early detection.” He wants people to know that they can survive cancer and that early diagnosis is a key part of a successful recovery.
He also wants people to speak out about their experience. Knowles stated, “I need men to speak out if they’ve had breast cancer. I need them to let people know they have the disease, so we can get correct numbers and better research. Men want to keep it hidden because we feel embarrassed, and there’s no reason for that.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Knowles hopes to spread his messages about early detection and speaking out this month and into the future.