The comedienne discovered she had "stage-zero" breast cancer during a follow-up to her breast reduction surgery in 2011. Since she had a history of cancer on her mother's side of the family, the then 47-year-old Sykes decided to have a preventive double mastectomy. "I had both breasts removed because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer," she explained on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
While the majority of breast cancers occur in women, some men get it, too. In 2009, Peter Criss of the rock group Kiss told CNN.com that he felt like "the luckiest man on the planet" after surviving the breast cancer he first noticed as a lump in his left breast two years earlier. Since then he continues to make music, has published his autobiography, and is trying to get the word out that, yes, men are also susceptible to this disease.