Wanda Sykes is normally full of laughter. But on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (airing Monday), the 47-year-old made a startling announcement: "I had breast cancer. Yeah, I know it's scary."
The comedienne went in for a breast reduction in February when she first got the news. "I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat — oh lord," she said. "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," she continued. "I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky."
"I had the choice of, you can go back every three months and get it checked. Have a mammogram, MRI every three months just to see what it's doing," she explained. "But, I'm not good at keeping on top of stuff. I'm sure I’m overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already."
Pictured: Actress Wanda Sykes poses backstage after singer Janet Jacksons concert at the Greek Theatre on September 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)