Rita Wilsonis following in Angelina Jolie's footsteps and publicly discussing her decision to undergo a double mastectomy. The actress, who is married to Tom Hanks, said she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in a new post on her official Facebook account Tuesday (April 14).
"There is some news I want to share with you in hopes that if you or any woman you know is dealing with this that a second opinion is necessary and vital," Rita wrote. "Not just by another doctor but by another pathologist. I'm doing well and getting stronger every day."
In a statement to People magazine, the 58-year-old said she feels "blessed" to have the support of her husband, friends and family as she undergoes treatment which has included a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
"I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue," the actress said. "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, I have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion."
The mother-of-two continued to urge people to take care of their health and always get a second opinion if they are concerned that they may have an underlying health problem.
"I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health."
It was announced in early April that Rita had taken a temporary leave of absence from her Broadway play, written by comedian Larry David. A spokesperson said at the time that she was expected to return to her role on 5 May.