Mathew Knowles is hoping that his recent diagnosis will shine a light on male breast cancer. The 67-year-old father of Beyonce and Solange Knowles talked to Michael Strahan in an interview that aired on Wednesday'sGood Morning America about being a part of the one percent of men to have breast cancer.
"I am going to get the second breast removed in January, because I want to do anything I can to reduce the risk," he revealed of the precautionary measure. "We use the words 'cancer-free,' but medically there's no such thing as 'cancer-free.' There's always a risk... my kids have a 50 to 70 percent chance of getting the BRCA mutation and breast cancer. That's male or female. We used to think this was only an issue for women, but this is male or female."
Knowing that his family members have a higher risk of breast cancer, Knowles made sure he told his family about the diagnosis first.
"The first call was to my family, that was the very first call. Because this is genetics," he said. "It also means my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk, even my grand kids have a higher risk. And they handled it like they should. They went and got the test."
Knowles noted that he's "doing really good," and added that the diagnosis has given him a perspective shift. "Things that used to be important are not important to me now," he said. "I just look at the world differently."
The former manager did not open up about either one of his daughters specifically, and did not describe his family's emotional response during the interview. After Beyonce left her father's management years ago, reports surfaced that the "Spirit" singer and her father were feuding.
"These dangerous rumors defame my family name," he told ET in 2015. "They have no validity and hold no merit."
In October 2018, Mathew shared photos to Instagram of himself, Beyonce, and Tina Knowles at one of his daughter and JAY-Z's On the Run II tour shows.
"This past weekend I was able to spend time with family and witness one of THE greatest shows of all time," he captioned the pics at the time. "I was overjoyed to be apart of the experience."
Beyonce and father Mathew Knowles together
Beyonce and father Mathew Knowles together
LONDON - JANUARY 21: Actress Beyonce Knowles and her father Matthew arrive at the UK premiere of "Dreamgirls" at Odeon Leicester Square on January 21, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: ***EXCLUSIVE*** SInger Beyonce Knowles and her father, Matthew Knowles in the audience during the 2007 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/AMA/Getty Images for AMA)
Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles and Beyonce Knowles with hosts Rocsi and Terrence (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Sisters Solange Knowles-Smith and Beyonce Knowles and close friend Grammy? Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland join their parents Mathew and Tina Knowles close friend at special August 2 hometown screening of Bring it On: All or Nothing, in which Knowles-Smith stars. In celebration of the August 8th DVD release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment hosted a hometown screening for Knowles-Smith, one of the stars of the high-energy, attitude-filled comedy about a cross-town rivalry that builds to a no-holds-barred faceoff. (Photo by Bob Levey/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 23: (EXCLUSIVE) (L-R) Singer Beyonce Knowles (C) poses with her father and manager Matthew Knowles and her mother Tina Knowles at the "Beyonce: Beyond the Red Carpet auction presented by Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles along with the House of Dereon to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation June 23, 2005 in New York City. The exhibition will showcase 18-24 costumes worn by Beyonce chronicling her film, television and video appearances. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Tina Knowles, Mathew Knowles, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Beyonce Knowles (R) and father Mathew Knowles during The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Mathew Knowles and daughter Beyonce (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage for NARAS)
Tina Knowles, Beyonce Knowles and Matthew Knowles (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Beyonce Knowles (C) and her parents Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Beyonce and father Mathew Knowles attend Sony Party for 44th Annual Grammy Awards on February 27, 2002 at Morton's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)