Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the actress announced via her Twitter account.


“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today I am the one,” the Veep star posted on the social media site. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. 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, 56, has not given any more information about her diagnosis, so it is as of yet unknown what stage of cancer she is up against. It is also not in the public knowledge if this type of cancer, or cancer in general, runs in her family. Her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, passed away in 2016 at age 84 from congestive heart failure.

The news of her diagnosis comes on the heels of a historic Emmy win for the actress. She has won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the same role (Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep) six years in a row, a feat never before done. She was tied with Candice Bergen, who won five times for playing Murphy Brown.

According to Web MD, Louis-Dreyfus has teamed up with the Livestrong Foundation to spearhead cancer research in the past. “I was asked, and it was a no-brainer,” the actress said. She’s also previously discussed her healthy lifestyle choices, including exercising and eating organic.

“I have two growing boys,” she’s said of sons Henry, 16, and Charles, 11 with husband Brad Hall. “I’m concerned about what goes in their bodies.”

“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” said HBO 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 seventh and final season of the show is currently being written.

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