You'd expect a Wanda Sykes guest appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to be an occasion for gales of laughter. However, the 47 year-old comedian has something much weightier on her mind.
"I had breast cancer," admits Sykes. "Yeah, I know it's scary."
Sykes says she had no idea she had cancer, and was alerted to the illness when she went in for breast reduction surgery this past February.
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"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," she says. "I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky."
Since the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" star said that the cancer history in her family convinced her to have a double mastectomy.
"I had both breasts removed, because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer."
But lest her appearance become too dour, Sykes, who is busy raising a toddler with wife Alex, closed with her usual snarky wit.
"At least with the LGBT issues we get a parade, we get a float, it's a party," she joked. "I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up."