19 Celebrities who have battled breast cancer

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, September 23, 2011

11 of 19: Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and underwent a double mastectomy.
The comedienne and actress revealed her ordeal on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in September 2011.

Sykes, 47, said she had undergone cosmetic surgery the previous February to have a breast reduction after suffering from backaches. Lab work carried out after the procedure revealed that her left breast contained ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or cancer cells that have invaded the lining of the milk ducts.

'I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer,' People magazine quoted Sykes as saying.

'But cancer is cancer,' she added. '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. 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.'

Popular treatments for the earliest forms of breast cancer include radiation therapy, a lumpectomy, or removal of a small area containing the cancer cells, and a mastectomy, which removes all or part of the breast and possible nearby areas.

'I had both breasts removed,' Sykes said. 'Now I have zero chance of having breast cancer.'

She added that said she has a history of breast cancer on her mother's side, which is one of the risk factors of developing the disease as well as several other forms of cancer.

Sykes has continued to maintain her sense of humor following her ordeal.

'Why do I feel like everybody is staring at my boobs?' Sykes Tweeted on Friday, September 23.

(Pictured: Wanda Sykes receives the Hope of Los Angeles Award in Los Angeles for her work with the LGBT community in July 2011.) (OTRC Photo)

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