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Beyoncé and Solange tested after Mathew Knowles diagnosed with breast cancer

Beyonce (Photo credit: Guillermo, PacificCoastNews)

Beyoncé and her sister Solange Knowles were tested for the mutated BRCA2 gene after their father Mathew Knowles informed them he had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The former Destiny’s Child manager has publicly revealed he is battling the illness, and in an interview on “Good Morning America,” he told presenter Michael Strahan that the first call he made after getting the life-changing news was to his musician daughters to warn them that they could be carriers of the same gene which causes cancer.

He said: “The first call was to my family because this is genetics — it means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk, even my grandkids have a higher risk, and they handled it as they should — they went and got the test.

Knowles — who decided to share his condition to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which runs throughout October — did not reveal the results of Beyoncé and Solange’s tests.

The music executive — who has Beyoncé and Solange with his ex-wife Tina and two young children with current spouse Gena Avery, whom he married in 2013 — admits there has been a history of breast cancer throughout his family.

He said: “Breast cancer has been prevalent in my 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 9-, 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.”

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