Rita Wilson Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Urges Women to Get Second Opinions
It is an emotional day for Rita Wilson. The actress, who is married to Tom Hanks, revealed that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
In an interview with People, Wilson emphasized the importance of not only early detection of her cancer, but also getting a second opinion. "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 said she was encouraged by a friend with breast cancer to get a second opinion and she could also feel in her gut that she wanted to be assessed by another doctor. The second doctor found invasive lobular carcinoma, which another pathologist confirmed. The actress urged others to follow her lead: "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."
On her Facebook page,Wilson shared the People interview and also wrote, "Hi all. There is some news I want to share with you in hopes that if you or any woman you know is dealing with this that a second opinion is necessary and vital. Not just by another doctor but by another pathologist. I'm doing well and getting stronger every day." She has taken a leave of absence from the Broadway play Fish in the Dark to focus on her recovery.
Wilson's reveal follows one from Angelina Jolie, who announced in an op-ed for The New York Times last month that she underwent the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes after displaying early signs of cancer. Jolie wrote a similar piece for The Times when she underwent a preventative double mastectomy two years ago.