Black Celebrities Affected by Breast Cancer

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  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Robin Roberts
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Bershan Shaw
  • Zoleka Mandela
  • Roxie Roker
  • Audre Lorde
  • Nina Simone
  • Hoda Kotb
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Minnie Riperton
  • Naomi Sims
  • Lil' Mama
  • Nas
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Ruby Dee

Wanda Sykes

On an episode of Ellen, the comedienne revealed she’d undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2011. Explaining how a breast reduction saved her life, she said, "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 lucky."


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