Wanda Sykes Discusses Cancer Scare and Double Mastectomy On 'Ellen' (Video)
The comedian told DeGeneres she decided to have the surgery after being diagnosed with "stage zero" cancer.
Wanda Sykes taped an interview for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, set to air Monday. And, during the conversation, the comedian revealed some big news.
Sykes said she underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis which followed a breast reduction in February.
"It wasn't until after the reduction, in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS in my left breast," The Muppets actress revealed.
DCIS or "zero stage cancer" is a noninvasive capsule of suspicious cells that has the possibility of transforming into a life-threatening tumor.
Rather than risk it, Sykes, whose mother's side of the family has a history of breast cancer, opted to have them removed.
“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 told Ellen. "But, I'm not good on keeping on top of stuff. I mean, I'm sure I'm overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already," she joked.
She also said she didn't want to become a cancer poster-child. "How many things could I have? Black, lesbian, and I'm like I can't be the poster child for everything."
See the video below