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Rita Wilson health: Star’s ‘early diagnosis’ helped save her from breast cancer – symptoms

Rita Wilson has forged a successful acting career over the years, making a name for herself in hits such as Sleepless in Seattle. Married to Tom Hanks, she is also one half of Hollywood’s most talked about power couples. Despite being at the top of her game professionally and personally, Wilson previously faced a struggle with cancer.

When Wilson was 58, she took a break from a play she was doing called Fish In the Dark to deal with a “personal health issue”.

It turned out that the star, now 58, had been diagnosed with breast cancer which required her to go under the knife.

In a statement given to People Magazine at the time, Wilson revealed she had undergone the removal of both her breasts which were replaced through reconstruction surgery.

“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.”

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In many cases, the skin from the original breasts is spared during the mastectomy and then used during the surgery.

The patient may then have implants inserted underneath the skin, although there are other methods of reconstruction.

According to Cancer Research UK, people may also undergo “flap” reconstruction, which involves using tissue from another part of the body.

Others may be given implants that replace the entire breast tissue.

You should see your GP if you notice any of the following symptoms, suggests the NHS, as this could be breast cancer:

  • A change in shape and size of one or both breasts
  • A lump or swelling in your armpits
  • Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • A rash on or around your nipple
  • A change in the appearance of your nipple
  • Discharge from either nipple.



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