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Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses for photographers as she arrives for the New York Premiere of the fourth season of the HBO television series “VEEP” in New York City April 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses for photographers as she arrives for the New York Premiere of the fourth season of the HBO television series “VEEP” in New York City April 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo)

LOS ANGELES — Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed on Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The “Veep” star and executive producer made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends,” she added. “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 received the diagnosis the day after she won her record sixth consecutive Emmy for her role as former VP-turned-president Selina Meyer on the hit HBO comedy. She now has the distinction of most Emmys won by a single performer for one role.

While it was announced earlier this month that the seventh season of “Veep” would be its final, that was independent of Louis-Dreyfus’ diagnosis. “Veep’s” writers room is still up and running, and the show will adjust production scheduling for her treatments, if needed.

In a statement sent to Variety, HBO said, “Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time. 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.’”

After Louis-Dreyfus made the announcement on Twitter, Christina Applegate responded to her by tweeting, “Mama, find me. Let’s talk if you want.” Applegate had a double mastectomy almost a decade ago after receiving her own diagnosis.

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