Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the hilarious star of Veep and veteran of Seinfeld, announced on her social media feeds that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
She shared a photograph capturing information about breast cancer (1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime), and went on to express solidarity with less privileged women who need universal health coverage and care:
“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.”
According to BreastCancer.org, in 2017, “an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.” In the U.S. alone, about 40,610 women are expected to die from breast cancer this year, while more than 3.1 million U.S. women have a history of the disease.
Dreyfus, now 56, has repeatedly made us laugh since the ’80s when she was on Saturday Night Live, then again in Seinfeld starting in 1989. She is married to Brad Hall (who she met while studying at Northwestern and costarred with on SNL and Curb Your Enthusiasm) and has two children.