DC’s own Wanda Sykes chose to discuss her battle with breast cancer last Friday on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”
The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star said she was diagnosed in February with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, or DCIS, a type of breast cancer she told Ellen is “basically stage-zero,” meaning it’s non-invasive and has not spread beyond the milk ducts into surrounding tissue.
Sykes said her cancer was discovered during lab work following a breast reduction. She caught it about as early as one can catch it, but still, the actress decided to undergo a double mastectomy to obliterate the chance of it recurring.
“I was very lucky, but cancer is cancer,” she told Ellen. “I had the choice of going back every three months to get it checked, have a mammogram and MRI just to see what it’s doing, but I’m not good at keeping on top of stuff. I mean I’m sure I’m overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already.”
Watch Wanda’s entire conversation with Ellen about her breast cancer scare in the video player at left.
More about DCIS from the Mayo Clinic:
· While some in the medical field do not classify DCIS as cancer because of its non-invasive nature, it often becomes invasive if left untreated.
· DCIS generally has no signs or symptoms. A small number of people may have a lump in the breast or some discharge coming out of the nipple. About 80% of DCIS cases are seen as calcifications on a mammogram.
· Researchers don’t know exactly what triggers the abnormal cell growth that leads to DCIS. It’s likely that a number of factors may play a part, including genes passed to you from your parents, your environment and your lifestyle.