Beyoncé's dad, Mathew Knowles, has revealed he's been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 67-year-old, who formerly managed his daughter's band, Destiny's Child, has spoken about his diagnosis in an interview with Good Morning America, which will air later today.
Mathew's revelation coincides with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October. A teaser for the interview was posted on Twitter yesterday, and shows interviewer Michael Strahan asking the father-of-four what it was like to tell his family the news.
Mathew Knowles - who is famed for putting together Destiny's Child and going on to manage both Beyoncé and Solange's solo careers - split with his daughters' mother, Tina, in 2011. He went on to have two more children with his second wife, Gena.
Beyoncé hasn't posted about her father's cancer diagnosis on social media.
Breast cancer can occur in men, despite it being rare. While 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, the statistics are far lower in men. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, 319 men in the UK were diagnosed with the disease in 2017, compared to 46,000 women.
Men over the age of 60 are more vulnerable to the condition, which can develop in the small amount of breast tissue men have behind their nipples.
Similarly to women, the NHS says symptoms of breast cancer in men can include:
-A lump in the breast – usually hard, painless and non-mobile
-An inverted nipple
-Nipple discharge, which may contain blood
-A persistent sore or rash around the nipple
-Hard, red or swollen skin surrounding the nipple
-Small bumps in the armpit, which are swollen glands
H/T Cosmo UK