Rita Wilson Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Double Mastectomy

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Rita Wilson has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, in the hope that others will undergo regular cancer screenings and seek a second opinion when it comes to health issues.

Wilson, an actress, producer and singer who has been appearing in Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” on Broadway, confirmed her diagnosis in an exclusive statement to People:

“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.

“I have had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered. I mention this because there is much unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). I was relieved when the pathology showed no cancer.

“However, a friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do. 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.

“I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health.

“I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”

Wilson, who has been married to Tom Hanks since 1988, will return to “Fish in the Dark” on May 5. She has most recently made guest appearances on “The Good Wife” and “Girls,” and can currently be seen in season two of DirecTV’s “Full Circle.”

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  1. Why don't more people know about these things says:

    If going through chemotherapy, people should check out using “Penguin Cold Caps” as a way to keep your hair. I did.

  2. Knowledge is empowerment. always get a 2nd opinion. If you are at high risk for Breast Cancer or BRCA positive, please go to the My Destiny Foundation, Inc. webpage and learn more about how you can protect your future. We emotionally and financially assist women who are at high risk for breast cancer. We also have an amazing, private online support group for women only through FB with over 2000 women from all over the world supporting and empowering one another through their breast cancer journey..

  3. Judy says:

    I pray for a full and complete recovery. Glad you caught this early and were lucky enough to make the choice of a double mastectomy.

  4. Pavel says:

    Thank You Rita for your warning.
    My wife and I admire your bravery.
    You and Tom are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Pavel

  5. Marty Gillis says:

    Keep your chin up Rita and thanks for the heads up for others! The best of luck and lots of love to the entire Hanks clan. Truly the first family of Hollywood and certainly among the very nicest people in show business.

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