Actress Rita Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, the artist said Tuesday.
In a press release to People magazine, the 58-year-old actress said she feels "blessed" for having the love and support of her husband, friends, family and the doctors who saved her life.
"I have taken a leave from the play 'Fish in the Dark' to deal with a personal health issue," said Wilson, who will return to the Broadway stage next May 5.
"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," the actress said.
"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.
Wilson stressed the great importance of having annual mammograms.
In her case, the cancer was discovered after two breast biopsies made her feel "relieved when the pathology showed no cancer."
However, after getting a second opinion, the diagnosis changed.
"I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion," she said, "and to trust their instincts if something doesn't 'feel' right."