Why Rita Wilson Got a Double Mastectomy

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In the United States alone, about 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Rita Wilson, Star of hit Broadway play, “Fish in the Dark,” and wife of Tom Hanks, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery just a couple of weeks ago in order to keep the disease from spreading.


Choosing to Have a Mastectomy


Wilson isn’t the first star to make headlines for choosing to have a double mastectomy to combat breast cancer. Angelina Jolie was very public about her choice to have a double mastectomy in 2013 in order to prevent what for her was a very high risk of breast cancer, and also had her ovaries removed recently to prevent ovarian cancer. Being proactive against cancer is a life-saving decision that more and more women are making.


Shining the Light on Breast Cancer


Breast cancer awareness is a cause championed by many charities, perhaps the most recognizable of which is the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They raise millions of dollars for breast cancer prevention and research each year by hosting “Race for the Cure” events all over the country, as well as the 3-day, 60-mile breast cancer walk. Salt Lake City’s own “Race for the Cure” will be taking place on May 9, and you can register here.


Rita Says to Get a Second Opinion


Rita Wilson is doing much better, and is planning on returning from her leave of absence from Broadway on May, 5. She says that if she could share any advice with other women on the subject of breast cancer, it would be to get a second opinion. Her first biopsy showed abnormal cells, but was determined to be non-cancerous. Wilson said she felt uneasy about this, and decided to get a second opinion, which confirmed cancer. Doing self-breast checks, having regular mammograms, and asking your doctor about any concerns can help you to detect cancer early, which increases your survival rate to over 90%.


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