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!