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Wanda Sykes had cancer, mastectomy




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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[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 6:01pm]


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