Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus VeepPaul Schiraldi/HBOJulia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on HBO’s ‘Veep’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she has breast cancer Thursday.

In a tweet, the 56-year-old comedic actress shared the news with a note that says, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I am that woman.”

Louis-Dreyfus, who just made Emmy history with her sixth straight win for HBO’s “Veep,” also noted that she is grateful for the support of her family and friends, and the fantastic insurance she has through her union.

“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote. “So let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.

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