Rita Wilson shared some very personal news today (Apr. 14, 2015). She has been battling breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
The 58-year-old actress, who revealed her diagnosis and treatment in a statement to People, says the that things are looking good she feels “blessed” to have the love and support of her husband, Tom Hanks.
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.
She also explains how her first test for cancer came back negative, but she felt like she should seek a second opinion.
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.
Wilson hopes that her story will encourage others to get a second opinion “if something doesn’t feel right.” She also updated her Facebook page, writing:
“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.”