According to MSNBC, Sykes went in for a breast reduction in February and was hit with 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…I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky.”
The first option was to take things slowly and see how everything progressed:
“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.”
But because Sykes has a long history of cancer on her mother’s side, she chose the second option: have a bilateral mastectomy, and get rid of everything immediately.
“I had both breasts removed, because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer.”
Even with such a serious topic, Sykes, as always was able to make a joke or two…admitting to the audience that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to talk about the cancer:
Glad to know she’s okay.