Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus Chose To Share Her Breast Cancer Battle With The World

"I think it's an important conversation to have."

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus spoke to Jimmy Kimmel this week about her recent battle with breast cancer. After confirming that she has beaten the disease and sharing that she feels "very strong," she explained why she chose to be so open about her experience on social media.

Louis-Dreyfus said she "couldn't really keep it private" because production of her show Veep had stalled to allow her to receive treatment. "And then I just sort of embraced that, and I got a lot of positive feedback," she shared. "I think people liked the fact that I had a sense of humor about it, and also I think it's an important conversation to have about health and health care."


Since first announcing she had cancer, the actress has spoken out about her belief in universal health care, so everyone can have access to the treatment she received. "The idea that I might not have health insurance — which I do, thanks to my great union — is completely terrifying," she told Kimmel, who has spoken out about the topic as well. "Health care should be for all, I believe that now. I believed it before, now I really believe it."

Louis-Dreyfus also mentioned her work with the organization Multiply Your Vote, which encourages people to volunteer for candidates ahead of the midterm elections. Last month, she appeared in a PSA in which she reiterated her belief in affordable health care for everyone.

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