Health care

Julia Louis-Dreyfus announces breast cancer diagnosis

Actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus made a sobering announcement on social media Tuesday, revealing to fans that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. On Twitter, Louis-Dreyfus wrote, “Just when you thought …” accompanied by a screenshot of statement. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” the statement began.

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

Louis-Dreyfus just won her record sixth Emmy Award earlier this month for her work on the HBO comedy Veep. It was recently announced that the upcoming season of Veep will be its last, but HBO, in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, said that the decision to end Veep had nothing to do with Louis-Dreyfus’ diagnosis.

“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” the statement read. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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