Wanda Sykes: “It Sounds Scary, But What Do You Want?”

    black-woman-having-mammogramStartling reports of Angelina Jolie undergoing a double mastectomy have turned the public’s attention back to the fact that disease is an unfortunate occurrence that affects us all, regardless of color, age or status.

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    Something that another star, Wanda Sykes, knows very well.

    In 2011, during a recent Ellen DeGeneres show taping, Wanda Sykes made a shocking confession:

    “I had breast cancer. Yeah, I know it’s scary.”

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    Sykes admitted that while lab work was being performed after her breast reduction in February 2011 (“I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff,” Sykes joked), doctors discovered she had DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), a stage zero cancer, in her left breast.

    Because she has a long history of cancer on her mother’s side of the family, Sykes opted to have a bilateral, or double, mastectomy.

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