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Actress Rita Wilson Undergoes Double Mastectomy For Breast Cancer

Rita Wilson has revealed that she has been diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. She has already undergone a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.

Wilson had been monitoring her lobular carcinoma in situ (or pre-cancer) for years with mammograms and MRI’s. But after recently undergoing two biopsies, she discovered that she also has PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ), a form that is less well known. At that point, the pathology didn’t show any cancer — but a friend of Wilson’s who had undergone breast cancer herself urged Wilson to get a second opinion. Thankfully, she did. In fact, she got two other opinions, and both of those pathologists found invasive lobular carcinoma.

From there, Wilson decided to get a double mastectomy with reconstruction. Wilson, who has been married to Tom Hanks since 1988, said that she underwent the procedure with her husband by her side, and is looking forward to better health.


As Rita told People, “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.”

Wilson, who is an actress, singer, and producer, released a music video for her new song “Girls Night In” on March 15th. She has temporarily taken leave from a starring role in the Broadway play Fish In The Dark, penned by (and also starring) Larry David. She plans on returning to the show May 5th.

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.