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14/04/2015 11:44 BST | Updated 14/04/2015 11:59 BST

Tom Hanks' Wife Rita Wilson Undergoes Double Mastectomy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson has revealed she has undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 58-year-old actress had an operation to remove both her breasts followed by reconstructive surgery last week.

In a statement to People magazine, the ‘Girls’ star said she was expected to make a full recovery following the major op.

Rita said she was expected to make a full recovery

Rita said she made the decision to go public with her illness to try and encourage other women to get checked for breast cancer because she believes early diagnosis is key when it comes to beating the disease.

She added: "I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health.

"I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn't 'feel' right," she added.

Rita is the latest high-profile person to go public with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Last month Angelina Jolie Pitt revealed she had undergone surgery to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes after possible early signs of cancer were detected.

The 39-year-old actress, who also underwent a double mastectomy in 2013, has been forced into menopause and won’t be able to have any more children after undergoing the preventative surgery.

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