Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says She Has Breast Cancer, Calls for Universal Health Care

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Emmy-winning “Veep” star tweets

Last Updated: September 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced on Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” the “Veep” star wrote in a note shared to Twitter.

In the message, the actress also called for health care reform to help other women who don’t have the same resources she does. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she 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 eleventh Emmy award earlier this month. The award was her sixth in a row for playing Selena Meyers on the HBO comedy “Veep,” setting a new record for the most awards by a performer for a single role.

“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in a statement. “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.”

The upcoming seventh season of “Veep” was recently announced to be the show’s last, but an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap that Louis-Dreyfus’s diagnosis played no part in the decision.