Talk about concealing a secret…Wanda Sykes reveals to Ellen (airing next week) that doctors found she had breast cancer after having a routine breast reduction.
“I had breast cancer,” says Sykes, 47. “Yeah, I know it’s scary.”
The cancer was found after she had undergone what was essentially a cosmetic procedure, to have a breast reduction.
“This was in February. I went for the reduction. I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat â€¦ Oh lord. Iâ€™d carry a Tide stick everywhere I go,” she quips. “My back was sore so it was time to have a reduction.”
She continues, “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 Iâ€™m overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already.”
On top of which, “I have a lot of breast cancer history on my mother’s side of the family.”
This latter fact prompted Sykes to reach a dramatic decision, “to have a bilateral mastectomy,” she says. “I had both breasts removed â€¦ because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer.”
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