Rita Wilson Reveals She Has Breast Cancer
Today, actress Rita Wilson announced that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has since undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. In a statement she gave for E! News, Wilson said, “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.”
However, Wilson first shared the news of her diagnosis and surgeries with People magazine. The 58-year-old actress said she 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.” Wilson explained that much is “unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ).”
What made Wilson decide to get checked out again? In her announcement, she talked about how she took the advice of a friend who had breast cancer by getting a second opinion. Wilson said, “My gut told me that was 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.”
If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that early diagnosis is key. You have to spot the cancer before it progresses into something more intensive that can’t be treated. Wilson has always been such a poised and classy actress. I’m so glad that Wilson is getting the help she needs. As of now, Wilson’s replacement for Fish in the Dark has yet to be announced. She will return to Broadway on May 5th, though.
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