Rita Wilson Has Double Mastectomy

Rita Wilson Has Double Mastectomy

( 4UMF NEWS ) Rita Wilson Has Double Mastectomy:

Rita Wilson is revealing she has breast cancer. The actress, 58, who is taking a leave from the Broadway play Fish in the Dark, which she's been starring in with Rosie Perez, is sharing in the news in People, issuing a statement explaining that she has a "personal health issue."

Specifically, Wilson, who is married to Tom Hanks, says, "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."

In her statement, she is stressing the importance of getting a second opinion, and in catching cancer early.

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

According to BreastCancer.org, LCIS is an area (or areas) of abnormal cell growth that increases a person's risk of developing invasive breast cancer later on in life.

Wilson goes on to say, "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)."

She says she was "relieved" when the pathology report showed no cancer.

But then a friend suggested she get a second opinion. And her gut told her the same. "A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma."

A third doctor confirmed that diagnosis.

Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) is the second most common type of breast cancer after invasive ductal carcinoma (cancer that begins in the milk-carrying ducts and spreads beyond it), says BreastCancer.org.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 180,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year. About 10% of all invasive breast cancers are invasive lobular carcinomas. (About 80% are invasive ductal carcinomas.)

"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."