Furious Tom Hanks slammed cruel predators who tried to exploit wife Ritas cancer

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Tom Hanks’ world turned upside down when his wife Rita Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer. What made it even worse was the “predators” who tried to take their money, exploiting their fear. 

Tom and Rita, both 65, have been together for more than 30 years, and they share sons Chester ‘Chet’, 31, and Truman, 26. 

When she was 58, Rita was forced to take a break from a play she was working on because of a “personal health issue”.

This “personal issue” turned out to be breast cancer, which she was treated for via surgery.

The actress had an invasive lobular carcinoma, breast cancer that starts in the lobules (milk-creating glands) of the breasts.

She underwent a double mastectomy to remove both breasts, which were replaced through reconstruction surgery.

Talking to Sunday People at a fundraiser for the World Cancer Research Fund, she first described the way she and her husband handled the ordeal.

“We watched movies, we watched great documentaries, we ate good food and we did our best to maintain our spirit and be thankful,” she said.

But they were left deeply affected by those who pushed certain “crazy” procedures that would not have worked.

Tom told the Daily Mail: “One thing I have noticed through this, is that there are people out there in the world who, when they find out you have a certain illness, particularly cancer, they will immediately try to make money off you.

“They do this by pushing some procedures that might have a degree of science to them that might make them accurate, and some others that are complete quackery.”

He said they would recommend “some clinic in Bolivia” or a “diet of peach stones”. 

The Forrest Gump actor added: “These people are just trying to make money from the illness and they only add to the difficulty of what is already going on because they are dealing in false hopes. 

“It is astounding the amount of that that goes on. They’re predators.” 

Rita made a full recovery from cancer, which she thanked an early diagnosis for.

At the Tony Awards in 2015, she said: “I feel great. When you do Broadway, you have a family there and one at home as well. 

“I had so much love through the process. I’m very thankful.

“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,” she continued. 

“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’”.

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