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Actress and singer Diahann Carroll has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 84. Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 4.

Carroll is best known for being the first Black actress to star in a non-servant role in a television series as a nurse in "Julia".

Julia Baker was a single mom whose husband died in the Vietnam war. The groundbreaking series ran from 1968 to 1971.

Critics said the TV series was not a realistic portrayal of Black women's experience in America in the 1960s and ‘70s. But Carroll dismissed the criticism,

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"They said it was a fantasy. All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family," Carroll said in 1988.

Carroll earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a single mother who finds love in the 1974 film Claudine.

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Carroll is pictured with her Claudine co-star James Earl Jones in a promo still from the movie.

The critically acclaimed singer also earned a Tony Award for the musical "No Strings".

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She went on to play parts in films and TV - roles that were traditionally reserved for white actresses, such as ABC's hit drama "Dynasty".

"I like to think that I opened doors for [Black] women, although that wasn't my original intention," she said in 2002. She is pictured below with a young Angela Bassett at the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund 18th Anniversary Awards Gala in 2005.

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Born Carol Diann Johnson in New York City, she attended the High School for the Performing Arts. Her father was a subway conductor and her mother was a housewife and homemaker.

Carroll was romantically linked to Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sidney Poitier and David Frost. She was married four times.

Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She was "stunned" by the diagnosis because there was no family history of cancer and she lived a healthy lifestyle.

She once said, "We all look forward to the day that mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation are considered barbaric."

Carroll leaves behind a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford (born 1960).

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Beyonce and her sister Solange Knowles got tested for a mutated gene called a BRCA2 gene after their dad Mathew Knowles was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The former Destiny's Child manager revealed his frightening diagnosis in an interview with Good Morning America that aired on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the second day of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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In his chat with Michael Strahan, Mathew, 67, revealed that the first call he made when he learned of his health battle was to his famous daughters - because they are at high risk to be carriers of the same gene.

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"The first call was to my family, because this is genetics," said Mathew, pictured with daughter Solange. "It means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk (of getting cancer), even my grandkids have a higher risk, and they handled it like they should - they went and got the test," Mathew explained. He didn't reveal the results of the tests.

Everyone is born with BRCA genes that help to suppress cancerous tumors. But Mathew's gene has a mutation on it that led to his breast cancer diagnosis.

He added that after being told he had breast cancer, he was warned that he might be diagnosed with prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer or melanoma later on. He will continue to have regular mammograms and other examinations to ensure he is free from the disease.

Mathew is a father of at least seven children - five of his children were fathered outside of his marriage to Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, who filed for divorce and is now happily married to retired actor Richard Lawson.

Mathew fathered two young children with current spouse Gena Avery whom he married in 2013. He also has a son, Nixon, with Alexsandra Wright and a daughter with TaQoya Branscomb. And there is widespread belief that he is the biological father of Destiny's Child original member Kelly Rowland.

Mathew told Strahan he had his breast removed to prevent the cancer from spreading to his lymph nodes.

"I'm doing really well. I had my surgery the last week of July and now I'm going through all the steps for recovery."

So far, Beyonce has not commented on her father's diagnosis.
 

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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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