Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals She Has Breast Cancer In A Powerful Call For Better Women's Health Care

"The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."

On September 28, Julia Louis-Dreyfus publicly announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer on Twitter

"1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," she wrote.

But she wasn't done.

Perhaps best known for her portrayal of President Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep, it may come as no surprise to fans that she used her public platform to not only raise awareness of the disease but make a powerful political statement. 

"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 continued. "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' message comes on the heels of the Republicans' latest and least successful attempt to repeal The Affordable Care Act. And this is far from the first time the actress has used her platform to advocate her political stance. While accepting the award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2017 SAG awards, Louis-Dreyfus was among the first in Hollywood to speak out against the president's immigration ban. "I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France," she said in January. "And I'm an American patriot and I love this country." 

More recently at the 2017 Emmys, where she scored a record-breaking sixth Emmy for the portrayal of a singular character, she joked, "We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we were worried that someone else might get to it first." 

Later in the night, however, she took on a more serious tone when talking to Entertainment Weekly about the progress of women's rights and representation in the media. "God I hope so," she said of this year's increase in female-identifying award winners and her desire for that to continue. "Let's hope that this is the beginning of something even better in our country and in the world because I think the world would be a better place if women were in charge." 

As long as women have access to equal and comprehensive health care, they, like Louis-Dreyfus, will have every opportunity to lead successful and fulfilling lives. Women should conduct breast self-exams regularly for early detection, and to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Those interested in learning more about managing their breast health can learn more and receive resources from the National Breast Cancer Foundation

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