Actress Rita Wilson took an empowering step today (April 14) in order to inspire other women to put their health first.
She revealed to People that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and made the decision to undergo both a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Her family and friends, including husband Tom Hanks, have been integral in it all:
“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.”
One doctor who tested her did not find cancer but, at a friend’s urging, Wilson pursued 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 hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”
Wilson added that she’s “getting better every day.” She’ll return to Fish in the Dark on May 5.
We here at THZ wish Wilson and her family all the best and a speedy recovery!