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Wanda Sykes Reveals She Had a Double Mastectomy



Wanda Sykes
recently went through a double mastectomy -- but the comedian hasn't lost her sense of humor over the scary ordeal.

"I had breast cancer," she revealed while taping an upcoming interview with Ellen DeGeneres, telling the talk show host she found out when she went in for a breast reduction back in February.

"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," she jokes. "It wasn’t until after the reduction that in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS in my left breast.  I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer."

Sykes continues, "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 over due 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…"
 
The 47-year-old says she decided to have a bilateral mastectomy. "I had both breasts removed and because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer.  It sounds scary up front but what do you want? Do you want to wait and not be as fortunate when it comes back and it’s too late."

It's clear Wanda's humor is still very much intact, joking she doesn't want to be a poster child 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."

The full interview with Wanda airs Monday, September 26.

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