Wanda Sykes: “I Had a Double Mastectomy”

Wanda Sykes filmed a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (airing on Monday) when she revealed something that wasn’t the normal humorous side we are used to.

Sykes shared that she had a breast reduction,

 “I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat — oh lord,” she said. “I’d carry a Tide stick everywhere I go. 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.  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,” she explained. “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.”

Sykes mom has a long history of cancer and so she didn’t want to take any chances.

“I had both breasts removed, because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer.  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.  At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it’s a party.  I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up.”

So, yeah.  That was a lot heavier than what we are used to with Wanda.  But of course she knows how to bring the humor back into it.  I so appreciate her sharing her story.  Hopefully that will encourage other women facing the same issues.

Stay well Wanda!