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Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, revealed he is battling breast cancer. Knowles, 67, revealed his cancer diagnosis in an interview with "Good Morning America" that's set to air on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Knowles, who is the former manager of Destiny’s Child, sat down with Michael Strahan to discuss his diagnosis, his treatment and the implications for his family.

Breast cancer is rare in males. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, only 1 in 1,000 males are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer usually occurs in males who have inherited a mutation on the BRCA genes that suppresses cancerous tumors.

Not all breast tumors are cancerous. Noncancerous breast tumors are called benign tumors or fibrocystic breasts.

The most common type of breast cancer in males is called infiltrating ductal carcinoma, which means invasive cancer in the ducts near the nipples.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A painless lump or thickening in your breast tissue
  • Skin changes on your breast, such as dimpling, puckering, redness
  • Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling
  • A nipple that begins to turn inward
  • Discharge from your nipple
  • If you have any of the signs and symptoms, notify your doctor or healthcare provider immediately for an evaluation.

    If not caught early breast cancer may invade the nearby lymph nodes and spread rapidly around the body (metastatic cancer).

    Diagnosis

    Diagnosis of breast cancer is made after an abnormality of the breast is found. Diagnostic tests include mammography, ultrasound, and a biopsy of part or all of the mass for further analysis under a microscope.

    The doctor performs a biopsy of the breast tumor and/or the lymph nodes with a needle and a local anesthetic. Sometimes the biopsy requires more than a fine needle. An incision is made and more of the mass is removed for testing.

    Treatment for male breast cancer depends on the size of the tumor and other factors such as cancer staging (1-4), the general health of the patient and the patient's age.

    Treatment

    Treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation, hormones (Estrogen) and surgery to remove the tumor. Treatment is individualized for every patient.

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    More Info On the Web

    What Is Breast Cancer in Men? - Cancer.org

    Male breast cancer, Symptoms and Causes - Mayo Clinic

    Male Breast Cancer Treatment - Cancer.gov
     

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    Toni Braxton broke Instagram when she posted a photo of her hysterectomy scars over the weekend. The mother-of-2 is seen in her bathroom mirror, wearing a skimpy jersey and black panties. The 51-year-old pop singer captioned the image:

    "Embracing my WHOLE body...hysterectomy scars and all...@orangetheory making me feel 29 again! [eye] love me some me!"

    What is a hysterectomy?

    A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, aka the womb, for medical or cosmetic reasons. The uterus is part of the biological woman's reproductive system. It is where a baby grows when a female is pregnant.

    Why is a hysterectomy performed?

    A hysterectomy is performed for medical reasons when a woman's quality of life is affected by cancer or painful medical disorders such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

    Painful medical conditions that may result in a hysterectomy include:

  • Chronic vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the ovaries
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Uterine prolapse (when uterus drops into vagina)
  • Endometriosis (painful condition when lining grows outside uterus)
  • Adenomyosis (uterus lining grows into the uterus muscles)
  • What are the types of hysterectomies?

    1. Partial hysterectomy
    When the surgeon removes a part of the uterus but leaves the cervix intact.

    2. Total hysterectomy
    The surgeon removes all of the uterus, including the cervix. Women who have undergone total hysterectomies no longer need Pap smears since the cervix is gone.

    3. Hysterectomy and Salpingo-Oophorectomy
    The surgeon removes the entire uterus, including the cervix and one or both of the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

    How is a hysterectomy performed?

    Surgeons can remove the uterus in a variety of ways.

    Laparoscopic Hysterectomy - the surgeon inserts a long tube into small incisions below the bikini line. A tool at the end of the tube cuts up the uterus into small pieces and the pieces are suctioned through the tube. Recovery time is about 1-2 weeks. This appears to be the surgery Braxton had done based on the small scars.

    Abdominal Hysterectomy - the surgeon removes the uterus through a large gaping incision in the abdomen above or below the bikini line. This was once considered major surgery. Down time is longer than a laparoscopic hysterectomy, and the pain is more intense.

    Vaginal Hysterectomy - when your uterus is removed through an incision in your vagina. Most women decline this option.

    What are the risks of hysterectomy?

    Risks are rare, but every surgery carries risks from blood clots to serious infections. Follow-up with your doctor is important, as are following post-op instructions and taking all medications on time.

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    More Info On the Web

    Hysterectomy: Purpose, Procedure, and Risks | Healthline.com

    Hysterectomy | Womenshealth.gov

    Hysterectomy, Endometriosis, Fibroids | MedlinePlus
     

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    Wisconsin-based OB-GYN Dr. Sara Swift tells PEOPLE the "general rule" for waiting to have sex after childbirth "is six weeks or until your provider has cleared you."

    This should be common sense, but some moms are hopping back in the saddle too quickly after giving birth. As a result, they develop infections that land them back in the hospital and away from their newborns.

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