Wanda Sykes - Wanda Sykes Opens Up About Breast Surgery
Comedienne Wanda Sykes has opened up for the first time about her secret breast cancer battle.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm star revealed all about her health crisis in a taped interview with pal Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on her daytime talk show in the U.S. on Monday (26Sep11).
Sykes told the host she underwent a double mastectomy after the cancer was detected during breast reduction surgery in February (11).
She reveals, "I was having a breast reduction... I had real big boobs, and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat... 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."
Sykes then opted to go for a bilateral mastectomy in August (11) because she didn't want to take any chances.