Comedienne Wanda Sykes, Ellen DeGeneres to discuss breast cancer on Monday's show
Popular comedienne Wanda Sykes is one in a long line of famous women who have revealed over the years their personal struggles with breast cancer. The 47-year-old, says Us Weekly, will reveal on the Sept. 26 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she had a double mastectomy after battling the life threatening disease.
Sykes is certainly not the first to reveal her fight with breast cancer. In April of 2008, Christina Applegate, another popular comedienne, was diagnosed with breast cancer and also had a double mastectomy. She chose to have reconstructive surgery.
“I'm gonna have cute boobs ‘til I'm 90," she has been quoted as saying about her reconstructive surgery.
Sykes, went in for a breast reduction in February and discovered the cancer, said, “I had breast cancer. Yeah, I know it's scary."
"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," she said. "I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky."
Sykes, like Applegate, said her mastectomy was largely prophylactic. She had the choice of going back every few months for an MRI to check up on the cancer or simply have both breasts removed. Because of a long family history of breast cancer on her mother’s side, Sykes said the smart choice for her was to go ahead with the double mastectomy and decrease her chances of a recurrence of breast cancer to zero percent.
Sykes admitted she was leery about speaking of her experience.
"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,” she said.
"At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it's a party," the mother of 2-year-old twins with wife Alex added. "I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up."