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Wanda Sykes' Breast Cancer and Double Mastectomy

Actress Wanda Sykes had a double mastectomy earlier this year after learning she had a type of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Sykes told her story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Sykes, who is 47, reportedly said that she learned she had DCIS after breast reduction surgery. With a family history of breast cancer, she opted for a double mastectomy to prevent any more breast cancer, because she says she is “not good at keeping on top of stuff,” in terms of follow-up tests to make sure she didn’t develop other breast cancer. Sykes says she now has “zero chance of breast cancer.”

Each woman with breast cancer must make her own choices, based on the options for her stage of breast cancer. These decisions involve knowing what’s available, what’s recommended, and what you can live with. WebMD wishes Sykes all the best for continued health.


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