Stand-up comedian Wanda Sykes had a double mastectomy earlier this year after doctors found evidence of early-stage breast cancer.
The revelation came when Sykes, once named as one of the 25 funniest people in America, appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in an episode set to air on Monday (26/9,) reports the LA Times. A mastectomy means the surgical removal of the breast, and Sykes underwent the procedure having been told that she had ductal carcinoma, also known as DCIS.
"I was very, very lucky, because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer," she told DeGeneres, and went on to say that "I had both breasts removed, because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer." Though some might view her reaction to the diagnosis as extreme, a study by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre showed that 37% of women suffering from a mutation of their BRCA genes - a caretaker gene responsible for repairing DNA - opt to have a double mastectomy.
DCIS doesn't always result in cancer, with many women unharmed if no treatment is made; Sykes, though, didn't want to take any chances - especially as cancer runs on her mothers side.
Sykes is currently involved in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' - the fourth instalment of the Ice Age film franchise that's set to be released next year; she provides the voiceover for leading character Sid's grandmother.