She joked, "I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff." After her reduction, lab work by doctors revealed that she had early stage breast cancer. Instead of going in for regular check-ups, Sykes opted for complete breast removal so the cancer would not spread.
"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."
Still, Sykes has been quiet on her fight against cancer. She muses, "How many things could I have? I'm black, then lesbian. I can't be the poster child for everything."