Many of us were shocked to hear that Rita Wilson—actress, singer and wife of Tom Hanks—had joined the ranks of the almost 300,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In this remarkably candid interview, Wilson discusses her diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and reconstruction plan. She holds nothing back—including the indignity of tissue expanders and the importance of staying in bed and watching movies with your partner until you feel better. Now she's back on Broadway and hoping her story will inspire women to trust their instincts and have their bodies checked anytime something doesn't feel right. What effect do you think celebrity candor has on public health? Have celebrities such as Wilson, Angelina Jolie, and Christina Applegate—all of whom have been open about their double mastectomies—empowered other women to take control of their healthcare decisions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Rita Wilson Talks About Cancer Surgery and Returning to Broadway
December 2, 2016