Wanda Sykes Talks Breast Cancer, Double Mastectomy

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Appearing on Ellen this week, Wanda Sykes opened up about a deeply personal, scary experience from earlier this year: the comedian was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She visited a doctor in February to undergo a breast reduction and, following a bit of lab work, was told she had ductal carcinoma in situ her left chest.

"I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer," Sykes said.

Wanna Sykes on Ellen

Sykes was given a choice: Undergo a mammogram and MRI every three months to check on the disease - or have a bilateral mastectomy. She chose the latter because she now possesses "zero chance of having breast cancer," and also, the actress joked, because:

"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."

Sykes is the mother of two-year old twins with her partner and said she wasn't sure about telling the world about her ordeal.

"I was like, I don't know, should I talk about it or what? 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 [cancer] walks coming up."

LOL. We're very glad to hear that Wanda will be okay.

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I used to be a huge fan, until she started saying hateful things about Conservatives. It makes me very sad that entertainers don't care that they might alienate half of their audience. But they will continue, until Conservatives stop watching their shows, going to their concerts, etc.


I guess she is reaping what she sows. Didn't she wish AIDS upon someone that she disagrees with?