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Wanda Sykes had cancer, mastectomy

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It happened to Christina Applegate. It happened to Greta Garbo. And now it’s happened to Wanda Sykes. In an interview airing Monday, the comedian revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. “I was very, very lucky,” she said, “because DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) 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.” Ironically, Sykes said her diagnosis, and the mastectomy, all came about because she was having breast reduction surgery. “ 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.” In true Wanda fashion, she did what she could to turn a potential tragedy into something funny. “How many things could I have? I’m black, then lesbian. I can’t be the poster child for everything! ”

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