Mathew Knowles is recovering after undergoing breast cancer surgery this summer.
Beyoncé and Solange‘s father, 67, appeared in a pre-taped interview with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” Wednesday and said of his current health: “I’m doing really good, Michael. I had my surgery the last week of July, and now I’m doing all the steps for recovery.”
Upon receiving his diagnosis, which was caught early, Knowles immediately called his family so they could take preventative measures. He is a carrier of the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which translates to a higher risk for developing breast cancer.
“That was the very first call because this is genetics,” he explained. “It also means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk. Even my grandkids have a higher risk. They handled it like they should – they went on and got the [BRCA mutation] test.”
Knowles has since stopped drinking and is focused on exercising and meditating now.
“I just wanted to have a clean bill of health,” he said.
Strahan, 47, also mentioned that his brother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He went through treatment in 2015.