Rita Wilson revealed today that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, according to People magazine.
The "Girls" actress wrote in a statement to the magazine that she felt "blessed to have a loving, supportive husband" in Tom Hanks, as well as family, friends and doctors who also have been a source of support.
"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," Wilson said in the statement.
"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 continued.
After undergoing tests to monitor an "underlying condition of LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ)," as well as two surgical breast biopsies, the results originally "showed no cancer," she wrote.
But it was a friend of Wilson's who suggested that she get a second opinion, and a different pathologist eventually found invasive lobular carcinoma. That diagnosis was then confirmed by another pathologist.
And that's why Wilson stresses the importance of both early diagnoses and second opinions.
"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," she wrote.
We wish all the best for the actress and her family.