Beyonce and Solange Knowles got a cancer scare when dad Mathew Knowles was diagnosed with a rare case of male breast cancer. They decided to get tested for the mutated BRCA2 gene, which has been linked to cancer. Here are the results.
Both sisters tested negative, highlighting the importance and the need to get scanned for the gene.
Neither Beyonce nor Solange Knowles have the mutated BRCA2 gene linked to breast cancer.
The 38-year-old pop superstar and 33-year-old sister feared they might be at a higher risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer.
Actress Angelina Jolie highlighted the need to be tested in 2013.
She underwent underwent a secret double mastectomy because of a genetic predisposition to the disease, which killed her mother at 56. Jolie discovered she faced an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
As a result of her surgery, Jolie has cut her breast-cancer risk to under five percent.
“The truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average,” Jolie said at the time.
Matthew Knowles, 67, told gossip site TMZ Live his daughters got tested after he found out he was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene. It can be inherited.
He said he decided to publicly share his breast cancer diagnosis to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
He said he is currently cancer free after having three lymph nodes removed.
“I’m grateful to be cancer free. They found this early and they took out three lymph nodes. I’m good. I’m very fortunate. Early detection, that’s the key,” he said.
Mathew, who thinks breast cancer should be called chest cancer to encourage men to check themselves, is planning to have his other breast removed next year as a precaution.
“I’m looking about January time to have the other breast removed just being proactive and reducing the risk,” he told the site.
Mathew fathered Beyonce and Solange with his ex-wife, Tina, and has two young children with current wife Gena Avery.
He recently learned his family has a history of breast cancer in his family.
“My mother’s sister died of breast cancer, my mother’s sister’s two and only daughters died of breast cancer and my sister-in-law died in March of breast cancer with three kids – a nine, 11- and a 15-year-old – and my mother-in-law had breast cancer.
“So breast cancer has been all around me. My wife’s mother has breast cancer, too.”
He is currently having more tests to check his overall health. The mutated BRCA2 gene can put men at higher risk of developing prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma, according to medical references.
“Now what does having a mutation on BRCA2 mean for a man? You have a higher risk of getting breast cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer or melanoma … I’m still getting test results back,” he said.
“I got an MRI for pancreatic cancer and my pancreas and liver are fine. My dermatologist removed two moles,both of which came back benign for melanoma. I got an MRI on my prostate a week ago, but we’re still waiting on the results.”