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Tom Hanks hits out at ‘quack doctors’

Tom Hanks found the only way to handle wife Rita Wilson’s breast cancer was to “drop everything and pay attention to it”.

Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks is furious that cancer patients are being exploited by “quacks” who are just after money.

The 59 year old’s world was turned upside down when his wife of 27 years, Rita Wilson, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year (15). The actress underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction and is now cancer free and while their experience of the medical profession was a good one, they realised there can be an unsavoury side.

“It’s soon as you come out about cancer there’s this odd kind of backlash that goes along with it,” he told “There’s a predatorily philosophy that happens where people find out that you have a certain illness, particularly cancer, and they will try and make money off of you, pushing procedures that might have a degree of science to them and there are others that are absolute quacks just trying to make money.”

Tom believes the overload of advice that can be found on the Internet can actually be a hindrance more than a help to cancer patients. While he and Rita are in the privileged position to have the best medical care there is, the star feels the need to speak up for people who are less fortunate than themselves.

“It all adds to the difficulty, and we are lucky we can afford good medical care, but there are people who are dealing and selling in false hopes,” he continued. “All I can say is God bless my wife and God bless her courage.”

Rita, 59, was very open about her cancer battle, regularly speaking out about how she was diagnosed and how important it is for people to get a second opinion and Tom couldn’t be prouder of her.

“The only thing you can do when something like that comes along is drop everything and pay attention to it,” he said of the moment he found out the terrible news. “It’s a health crises that we all know is hell and however you deal with it, it’s bold to keep the information close to the heart and it’s also bold to say: ‘Here’s the deal, here comes breast cancer!’ And after nine months of medical treatment she’s finally finished.”

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