He's a survivor.
Mathew Knowles is opening up about his fight with breast cancer. The father of musicians Beyoncé and Solange Knowles sat down with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan for an exclusive interview on Wednesday morning, which was teased a day earlier on Twitter.
Over the summer, he noticed a small, reoccurring blood stain on his shirts. "I I told my wife and she says, 'You know I saw a dot of blood on the sheets,' so I immediately went to my doctor," Matthew, wed to Gena Charmaine Avery, said. "I got a mammogram and then it was very clear that I had breast cancer." (The businessman divorced Tina Knowles in 2011 after 30 years of marriage, but the two have an amicable relationship.)
His initial reaction was one of confusion. "Of all the things I could get, why would I get this?" he told the GMA host. "From a man's perspective, I'm thinking, 'Why me?'"
Genetic testing showed Matthew has the mutated BRCA2 gene, which also puts him at a higher risk for prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.