After undergoing double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, the wife of Hollywood star Tom Hanks, Rita Wison, has revealed that she has breast cancer.
According to MailOnline, the 58-year-old actress, who took a leave of absence from Broadway play ‘Fish in the Dark’ earlier this month, shared the news through a statement published by People magazine on Tuesday.
She explained that her first test for cancer came back negative but that she was correctly diagnosed after seeking a second opinion and underwent the procedure last week.
‘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,’ she said in the 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.’
She said that she is ‘getting stronger every day’ and is expected to make a full recovery. Before the diagnosis, Wilson said she had ‘vigilantly monitored’ her health with mammograms and MRIs because she knew she had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ)’.
The doctor discovered the cancer and she then sought out the opinion of another pathologist, who confirmed the diagnosis, she said.
Rita, who married Oscar-winner Tom in 1988, went on to implore others to seek a second opinion before thanking her loved ones for their support.
‘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.’
On Facebook on Tuesday, she encouraged other women to seek a ‘necessary and vital’ second opinion if they found themselves in similar situations.