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Rita Wilson has double mastectomy after cancer diagnosis

In a Feb. 8, 2013 file photo, Rita Wilson arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.
In a Feb. 8, 2013 file photo, Rita Wilson arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. Associated Press

Rita Wilson has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

In a statement to People magazine and shared on her Facebook page, Wilson, who is married to Tom Hanks, stresses the importance of getting a second opinion.

She says that she took a leave from the Broadway play, “Fish in the Dark,” co-starring Rosie Perez, 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,” Wilson, 58, told People in her statement.

“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 wrote that she plans to return to the Broadway stage on May 5.

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