Joining a fairly long list of female celebrities, actress Rita Wilson has decided to undergo a double mastectomy after discovering an invasive malignancy in the ducts of her breasts. She is one of many female celebrities who have made public their health battle with breast cancer, and thankfully she is another who also has a very good prognosis for a full recovery.
She is now advocating for second (and third) opinions and diligence in early detection after she says it did so much for her when it came to her breast health and catching this problem early. It really can make all the difference in the world when it comes to breast cancer, especially when it comes to the more aggressive forms of the cancer. Women past the age of fifty have to be especially diligent.
However, this doesn’t mean that younger women shouldn’t also at least be doing self-checks once monthly. Some of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer are now being found in women under 50, but it does happen to be a bit more rare than it is once you reach a certain age. Doesn’t mean it can’t happen though!
Ms. Wilson decided to get a second opinion apparently after her initial doctor said that a screening showed no cancer. She had previously had a condition in her breasts ducts that required she get checked for breast cancer in the ducts periodically. She said that although the doctor gave her the all clear, she still wanted a second opinion. Sometimes your gut feeling really does guide you in the right direction, and this is one of those instances.
The second, and third doctor that reviewed her results did indeed agree that the findings were cancerous and that action needed to be taken. So, when in doubt it does pay to get a second and third opinion. We can’t be too worried about hurting someones feelings by getting additional opinions. After all, it’s our life and our health that are on the line.
Best wished to Rita and her family, and here’s to a speedy recovery!