Entertainment executive Mathew Knowles, a husband, father, and male breast cancer survivor—who happens to have given the world two mega-talented daughters, singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles—is not only a powerful voice in the music world, but is also a well-informed voice and role model in the health space.
Knowles, 69, spoke with SurvivorNet this week to discuss racial disparities in cancer care. His conversation is part of SurvivorNet’s Close the Gap virtual conference in partnership with Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health, which will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. ET. Journalist Shaun Robinson will host the event, which will feature music by Macy Gray.
Knowles, CEO of Music World Entertainment, author, professor and public speaker courageously shares his cancer battle to encourage people to be proactive about their health, and to let men know that they can get breast cancer too.
But most importantly, as a person of color, he is trying to rally the African American community to take control of their health like he did.
“I felt I was worth it,” he tells SurvivorNet. “I had that self-care.”
“This distrust goes back all the way to slavery, quite frankly,” Knowles continues. “If there is a new day, I think we have to understand that people of color are in high positions in the medical profession and working vigorously to make change. We can’t change what happened years ago, but we can effect change of what happens today. It’s about early detection.”