Sammy Nickalls
April 14, 2015 9:00 am

Rita Wilson is opening up about an incredibly serious and personal issue: breast cancer. The actress just publicly shared her ongoing battle with cancer, and how she first detected it.

“I have taken a leave from the [Broadway] play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue,” Wilson told People, in an article she linked to on Facebook. “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.”

Wilson continued to share the importance of getting a second opinion on her Facebook page.

Commenters reacted by sending their heartfelt best wishes and thanking her for sharing this important message of both hope and vigilance when it comes to personal health.

“You know your body better then any Dr. No disrespect to them but you are just a patient,” wrote one supporter on Facebook. “I was told to go home on hospice, went for second opinion, I am now CANCER FREE!!! Stay Strong…Stay Positive!!”

In her People interview, Wilson explained that she had an underlying condition of  LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) “which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs.” Then, after after two surgical breast biopsies, it was discovered that she has PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ). “I mention this because there is much unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ),” she said.

At first, she was relieved when the initial biopsy revealed she had no cancer, but her friend, who also suffered from breast cancer, urged her to get a second opinion. That’s when another pathologist found that she did, in fact, have cancer.

“I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health,” added Wilson. “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. . . I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”

Wilson has definitely encouraged us to get checked up and to listen to our gut if something seems off, no matter what an initial report says. Second opinions are essential, and they can save lives. Your body knows what’s going on, and nobody can feel that better than you.

Thank you, Rita. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time.

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