Rita Wilson Reveals Breast Cancer Battle, Double Mastectomy

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Rita Wilson has revealed that she has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after recently being diagnosed with breast cancer. The 58-year-old actress made a statement to People announcing her health issues.

"I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue," stated Wilson, who is married to Tom Hanks. "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," she added. "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 later tweeted the news to followers. She will return to Fish in the Dark on Broadway on May 5. Our thoughts are with her and her family.
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