Rita Wilson Diagnosed With Breast Cancer –– Tom Hanks' Wife Undergoes Double Mastectomy & Reconstructive Surgery

Rita Wilson Breast Cancer Double Mastectomy

Apr. 14 2015, Updated 10:36 a.m. ET

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Rita Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, said Tuesday that she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 58-year-old actress said in a statement to People that she's "expected to make a full recovery" after catching it early and undergoing both procedures.

Wilson said she went through the procedures "with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends.

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"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," Wilson said. "I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health."

Wilson explained the medical situation that led to the discovery and treatment.

"I have had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs," she wrote. "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."

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Wilson said that a friend who had battled breast cancer suggested a second opinion, and her "gut told her that was the thing to do," as it eventually led to the cancer discovery.

"I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health," she said. "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."



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