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Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "Veep" at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has breast cancer


Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Thursday announced she has breast cancer, using her diagnosis to call for universal health care.

"1 in 8 women get breast cancer," she said in a statement on Twitter. "Today, I'm the one."

"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union," Louis-Dreyfus 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."

Some Twitter users on Thursday expressed sadness over the news that Louis-Dreyfus has the illness.

HBO said in a statement Thursday that Louis-Dreyfus received her diagnosis the day after winning an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series for her role on "Veep."

“It had no bearing in the decision to renew "Veep" for a final season,” the company said of Dreyfus’ Sept. 18 diagnosis.

“The writers will continue prepping business as usual, and HBO will adjust the production schedule as needed,” the statement added. “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.”

Louis-Dreyfus made history earlier this month by breaking the record for the number of Emmy wins for a singular role, claiming her sixth for her work on "Veep."

The actress also tied fellow performer Cloris Leachman’s record of eight Emmy victories overall for an individual.

Louis-Dreyfus’s breakthrough came from her nine seasons playing Elaine Benes on NBC’s beloved television sitcom "Seinfeld."

HBO’s "Veep" finds her playing Vice President Selina Meyer, and the comedy’s seventh and final season is slated to air in 2018.

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