Beyoncé’s Father, Mathew Knowles, Opens Up About Breast Cancer Surgery

Mathew Knowles is recovering after undergoing breast cancer surgery this summer.

Beyoncé and Solange‘s father, 67, appeared in a pre-taped interview with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” Wednesday and said of his current health “I’m doing really good, Michael.

I had my surgery the last week of July, and now I’m doing all the steps for recovery.”

Upon receiving his diagnosis, which was caught early, Knowles immediately called his family so they could take preventative measures. He is a carrier of the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which translates to a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

“That was the very first call because this is genetics,” he explained. “It also means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk. Even my grandkids have a higher risk. They handled it like they should — they went on and got the [BRCA mutation] test.”

Knowles has since stopped drinking and is focused on exercising and meditating now.

“I just wanted to have a clean bill of health,” he said.

The 68-year-old father to Grammy Award-winning superstars Beyoncé and Solange Knowles opened up about his own battle, saying he was suspicious something was wrong after noticing a “small, recurring dot of blood” on his shirt.

A mammogram and biopsy confirmed that Knowles had breast cancer, the same disease he said claimed the lives of his mother, aunt and great aunt.

Strahan, 47, also mentioned that his brother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He went through treatment in 2015.

Knowles said he’s lucky he caught his cancer early, when it was Stage 1A. He had a mastectomy, a procedure to remove breast tissue, but didn’t need chemotherapy.

While conducting tests from his surgery, doctors discovered that Knowles had the BRCA2 gene mutation, which increases the risk of breast cancer in both men and women, in addition to other types of cancer.

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