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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy-award-winning star of Veep, announced Thursday she has breast cancer. She tweeted the news in the morning, saying that "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one." She also expressed her support for universal health care.

She received the diagnosis one day after receiving her Emmy for playing Selina Meyer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. HBO told THR it would adjust the production calendar as needed for Veep's final season, and that Louis-Dreyfus' diagnosis "has no bearing" on the show's decision to end after the next season.

HBO released a statement, saying, "[w]e 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."

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Christina Applegate took to Louis-Dreyfus' Twitter mentions to express her support and solidarity (Applegate received a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36).

Health officials recommend administering breast self-exams once a month and getting a clinical exam once a year. Women over the age of 40 should get a mammogram once every one to two years. For more information on breast health and early detection, consult the National Breast Cancer Association.

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