Wanda Sykes Battles Cancer, Double Mastectomy


Comedian Wanda Sykes recently visited the set of Ellen and revealed some very serious news. Sykes was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and underwent a double mastectomy.

She revealed how her cancer was discovered:

“I was having a breast reduction, actually. I had real big boobs, and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat…Oh, lord. I’d carry a Tide stick everywhere I go. My back was sore, so it was time to have a reduction. It wasn’t until after the reduction that, in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS [ductal carcinoma in situ] in my left breast. I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer. So I was very lucky. But cancer is cancer. I had the choice of, you can go back every three months and get it checked. Have a mammogram, MRI every three months just to see what it’s doing. But I’m not good at keeping on top of stuff. I’m sure I’m overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already. I have a lot of breast cancer history on my mother’s side of the family, which I didn’t know about.”

Instead she opted for a bilateral mastectomy.

Opening up to the public about her cancer wasn’t the easiest decision for her because, despite her avid support for breast cancer awareness, she didn’t want to become a “poster girl” for cancer.

“How many things could I have? I’m black, then lesbian. I can’t be the poster child for everything! At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it’s a party. I was real hesitant about doing this because, I hate walking. I got a lot of walks coming up!”

I think it’s great she opened up to the public about it and has such a great attitude!


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