BY Mohammed Awal, 7:00am October 03, 2019,

These male Black celebrities were diagnosed with breast cancer

Mathew Knowles: Photo credit: GettyImages

For decades discussions surrounding breast cancer have always been the woman-thing. Women have always been at the forefront of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

However, that seemed to be changing rapidly with many men being diagnosed with the disease.

It is estimated that some 2,670 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019.

According to, Black men in the United States have the highest incidence rates (2.7 out of every 100,000 men), followed by white men (1.9 out of every 100,000 men)—and it is estimated 500 men will die from the disease this year.

How does Breast cancer start?

It starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. 

Following the revelations by Mathew Knowles that he is battling breast cancer in a recent interview with Good Morning America, Face2Face Africa looks at five African-American male celebrities diagnosed with the disease.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: October 3, 2019


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