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Beyoncé's Mom Tina Lawson Speaks out on Ex-Husband Mathew Knowles' Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Monica Otayza
Oct 10, 2019
12:40 P.M.

Tina Knowles-Lawson speaks up about her ex-husband Mathew Knowles' recent cancer diagnosis, positive that he's going to be okay.


As she walked the red carpet at the grand opening gala of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta with her husband Richard Lawson, ET's Kevin Frazier spoke to Tina about the recent news that her ex-husband was diagnosed with breast cancer.

While the highlight of the night was the newly opened Tyler Perry Studios that boasts a 330-acre lot with 12 soundstages named after Black icons in the industry, Frazier couldn't help but get a little personal and ask Tina about her ex-husband's situation.


Tina on Mathew Knowles' Diagnosis

Giving a short but sweet message, Knowles-Lawson said that she's happy and thankful that Mathew found out about his breast cancer diagnosis early on, as he was able to take the necessary measures for it not to worsen.

"Thank God he discovered it very early on, and he is going to be fine. I'm calling it."


Beyonce and Solange's Tests

Recently, Beyonce and Solange worried about the diagnosis, as it was discovered the cancer genes run in their dad's side of the family, particularly on the maternal side. With this, the Knowles kids got themselves tested to make sure they're not headed for the same heartbreak.

Tanking the time of their busy schedules, the sisters headed to the hospital and had all types of tests to make sure they were okay. Thankfully, both Beyonce and Solange had negative results for the mutated BRCA2 gene that brings about a higher risk of breast, ovarian, and other types of cancer.

Mathew Knowles, Beyonce, and Tina Knowles-Lawson at a formal event | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Mathew Knowles, Beyonce, and Tina Knowles-Lawson at a formal event | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


Precautionary Measures

The former Destiny's Child manager revealed that he is set to remove his second breast in January, following his first procedure to remove three lymph nodes. Since taking preventive measures, he is now cancer-free despite being diagnosed a couple of months back.

According to Knowles, he hopes men would remove their negative connotations of "breast cancer" and have themselves tested. In fact, he hopes they change it to "chest cancer," so that men wouldn't have such a notion in their head that it only affects women.


Breast Cancer in Men

While breast cancer in men is rare, taking up less than 1% of all cases around the world, the mortality rate for breast cancer in men is a lot higher than women. Male patients diagnosed with breast cancer often find out between the ages of 60 to 70, and Mathew Knowles is put smack in the middle as he's currently 67.

Thankfully, Knowles is on the road to recovery and he was able to save himself from something fatal thanks to his decision to get tested early on.

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