Rita Wilson Reveals She Has Breast Cancer, Underwent Double Mastectomy

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The actress has taken a leave of absence from the Broadway play 'Fish in the Dark.'

Rita Wilson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

The actress revealed her diagnosis and how she's dealing with it, including taking a leave of absence from the Larry David Broadway play Fish in the Dark, in an exclusive statement to People.

"I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery," she tells People, adding that she's "getting better every day."

"Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion."

Wilson says that she was diagnosed with "invasive lobular carcinoma" and last week underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

But it took a second opinion for doctors to discover the cancer in the first place. Wilson explains that she has had an underlying condition of lobular carcinoma in situ that has been closely monitored. Recently a different form of the carcinoma was discovered, but "the pathology showed no cancer."

Still, on the advice of a friend who'd had breast cancer, Wilson sought a second (and third) opinion. Two other pathologists confirmed that she did have cancer. Wilson adds that she hopes sharing her experience will help others.

In addition to starring in Fish in the Dark alongside David and Rosie Perez, Tom Hanks' wife also has a recurring role as the mom of Marnie (Allison Williams) on HBO's Girls. (Glenne Headly has stepped in as Wilson's temporary replacement in the hit Broadway production.)

Wilson is also a singer who released the album AM/FM in 2012 and single "Girls Night In" last month, the video for which features Hanks.

Hanks recently revealed his own health problems, telling David Letterman in October 2013 that he has Type 2 diabetes.

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