Breast cancer is a common type of cancer, mostly in women, that has affected millions of victims over the years. According to Cancer.gov, more than 3 million women were living with breast cancer in 2014 and there is estimated to be over 200,000 new cases in 2017.
Unfortunately, an award-winning actress recently revealed that she is among those battling breast cancer. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 56-year-old popular actress, producer, and comedian, made the disheartening announcement via Twitter on Thursday, September 28th.
Julia began with the statistic that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. She continued, “Today, I’m the one.”
Julia has made several television appearances but is best-known for her roles in Seinfeld, Veep, and Saturday Night Live. For her work in comedy, she has won and been nominated for dozens of different awards.
Since the 1990’s, she has won more than 20 awards ranging from categories including “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” to “Outstanding Comedy Series” as a producer. According to NBC News, Julia is a “record-setting” Primetime Emmy Award winner.
In her new statement, she touched on the good and bad news, “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.”
Read her full statement below. Please keep Julia Louis-Dreyfus in your thoughts and prayers today as her and her family cope with this diagnosis.
Fans flocked to express their love and support. Many commented on how strong of a woman she is, inputting some comic relief with clips of her from her shows.
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