Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Wanda Sykes recently revealed on Ellen that she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a breast reduction surgery.
“I had breast cancer. Yeah, I know it’s scary,” she said. “This was in February. I went for the reduction. I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat … Oh lord. 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.”
As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I applaud Wanda for speaking out on this very personal topic. Although I rarely perform breast cancer reconstruction anymore, I often perform breast reduction surgery. I always make it a point to send all the tissue removed via a breast reduction to the pathologist in case there is an unrecognized cancer there. I’m glad that Wanda’s diagnosis was DCIS, since tumors of this stage haven’t spread yet.
For more on the story, visit Huff Post here.