Rita Wilson Has Breast Cancer – Undergoes Double Mastectomy
Actress Rita Wilson has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy.
In a statement released exclusively to People Magazine, Wilson stated,
“I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue. Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”
Wilson revealed she initially received news that her pathology report showed no sign of cancer. She had been following an underlying condition, LCIS, which was being monitored. After a friend suggested she get a second opinion, it was discovered she did have cancer.
Rita is urging everyone to be diligent with their health saying,
“A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist. I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.”
Wilson’s husband, Tom Hanks, along with family and friends have been extremely supportive throughout the diagnosis, mastectomy and her reconstructive surgery.
A number of well known women have been diagnosed with cancer, including Giulana Rancic and Christina Applegate. In addition, Angelina Jolie has taking preventative measures to protect herself against cancer by opting for elective surgery to get a double mastectomy, in addition to having her ovaries removed.
We will Rita Wilson a speedy recovery.