Actress Rita Wilson, wife of Hollywood star Tom Hanks, revealed that she had a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, People Magazine reported on April 14.
The actress and singer, 58, told the magazine that she underwent surgery last week and that she is taking a break from her work on the Broadway stage to recover from the procedure.
"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," she told the magazine.
The actress said she was initially told that she did not have cancer, but was diagnosed positive after consulting a second physician.
"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," Rita added.
Experts said that the pre-emptive surgeries greatly reduced the odds that Angelina would die from the aggressive mutation of the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and aunt.