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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