Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Rita Wilson Encourages Second Opinions
Rita Wilson has revealed she has breast cancer.
The 58-year-old actress shared to People her diagnosis and the amount of support she has been getting from friends and family including husband Tom Hanks.
Wilson, an actress from the Broadway play “Fish in the Dark,” announced she will resume her role on May 5.
According to her statement, she has undergone a bilateral mastectomy after she was diagnosed of invasive lobular carcinoma.
“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.”
Her first checkup showed zero signs of cancer, but a second one proved to be a life-saver. After a friend told her to get a second opinion, the cancer was discovered.
“A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist.”
A 2005 Gallup Poll discovered that only 44 percent of people consider getting a second opinion as soon as the first diagnosis comes out. Only 3 percent make it a point to do so.
“”I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right,” Wilson told People.