Julia Louis-Dreyfus seen first time since cancer reveal

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 23:23 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 00:57 EDT, 13 October 2017

She revealed two weeks ago that she has breast cancer.

And Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 56, was spotted for the first time since announcing her diagnosis as she stepped out in public on Thursday.

She was seen taking a down escalator as she went about her business in Los Angeles.

Brave: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 56, was spotted for the first time since announcing her diagnosis as she stepped out in public on Thursday in Los Angeles

The Veep star was dressed casually in red cotton pants and a navy and white stripy top.

She added a pair of slip-on navy shoes and sported a pair of black-framed spectacles. 

On September 28, the former Seinfeld star took to Twitter to share a personal note in which she wrote: 'Just when you thought… 1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one.'

She added:  'The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family, and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.'

No other details about her condition were immediately available.

Low key: The Veep star was dressed casually in red cotton pants and a navy and white stripy top. She added a pair of slip-on navy shoes and sported a pair of black-framed spectacles

Health battle: The mother of two, who's married to actor and director Brad Hall, revealed two weeks ago that she has breast cancer. No other details about her condition are known
Health battle: The mother of two, who's married to actor and director Brad Hall, revealed two weeks ago that she has breast cancer. No other details about her condition are known
Health battle: The mother of two, who's married to actor and director Brad Hall, revealed two weeks ago that she has breast cancer. No other details about her condition are known
Health battle: The mother of two, who's married to actor and director Brad Hall, revealed two weeks ago that she has breast cancer. No other details about her condition are known

Health battle: The mother of two, who's married to actor and director Brad Hall, revealed two weeks ago that she has breast cancer. No other details about her condition are known

Made announcement via social media: The former Seinfeld star took to Twitter on September 28 to share a personal note
Made announcement via social media: The former Seinfeld star took to Twitter on September 28 to share a personal note

Made announcement via social media: The former Seinfeld star took to Twitter on September 28 to share a personal note

HBO subsequently told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement that the mother-of-two, who is married to actor and director Brad Hall, learned about her diagnosis just one day after the Emmy awards.   

At the so-called Oscars of television, Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Outstanding Actress Emmy for Veep, setting the record for most wins for a performance in the same role in the same series.

Following her cancer announcement, her rep issued a statement in which the actress expressed gratitude for all the support and well wishes she had received. 

'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,' the rep added.

The production schedule for Veep will be adjusted as needed as the star receives treatment, HBO said.

It was recently announced that the upcoming 7th season of the Veep will be its last. 

Highs and lows: HBO subsequently said that the actress received the news of her cancer diagnosis the day after her record sixth Emmy win for Veep on September 17
Highs and lows: HBO subsequently said that the actress received the news of her cancer diagnosis the day after her record sixth Emmy win for Veep on September 17

Highs and lows: HBO subsequently said that the actress received the news of her cancer diagnosis the day after her record sixth Emmy win for Veep on September 17

Hit show: Louis-Dreyfus has won six consecutive outstanding actress Emmys for her role as Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy 
Hit show: Louis-Dreyfus has won six consecutive outstanding actress Emmys for her role as Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy 

Hit show: Louis-Dreyfus has won six consecutive outstanding actress Emmys for her role as Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy 

Veep creator Armando Lannucci tweeted in response: 'It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support'
Veep creator Armando Lannucci tweeted in response: 'It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support'

Veep creator Armando Lannucci tweeted in response: 'It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support'

Her co-star on the show Veep actor Tony Hale tweeted: 'We love this woman.'
Her co-star on the show Veep actor Tony Hale tweeted: 'We love this woman.'

Her co-star on the show Veep actor Tony Hale tweeted: 'We love this woman.'

Fellow celebrities, including her Veep co-stars, have shared their support for Louis-Dreyfus on social media after her announcement.

Veep creator Armando Lannucci tweeted: 'It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support. 

Her co-star Tony Hale tweeted: 'We love this woman.'  

Actor Michael McKean wrote: 'Cancer is no match for you. Stomp it good. xox' 

Actress Debra Messing tweeted: 'J sending all my healing energy your way. You are incredible to use this moment as an opportunity to support others. Thank you. Much love xd' 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. 

More than 250,000 new cases will be diagnosed in women in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society.  

The actress is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. She is pictured during season six of the hit show with co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards
The actress is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. She is pictured during season six of the hit show with co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards

The actress is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. She is pictured during season six of the hit show with co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards

BREAST CANCER: THE FACTS 

The term breast cancer refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast tissue.

Typically the disease begins in the cells of the milk-producing glands, or the ducts - the passages the drain milk to the nipple.

Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue, and make their way to the lymph nodes in the underarm.

If cancer invades the lymph nodes, the disease has a pathway into other parts of the body, allowing its spread.

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, of any form, they are staged - a process by which doctors judge the severity of the disease.

The term 'breast cancer' refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast tissue. Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue, and make their way to the lymph nodes in the underarm, allowing the disease to spread to other parts of the body
The term 'breast cancer' refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast tissue. Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue, and make their way to the lymph nodes in the underarm, allowing the disease to spread to other parts of the body

The term 'breast cancer' refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast tissue. Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue, and make their way to the lymph nodes in the underarm, allowing the disease to spread to other parts of the body

Breast cancer's stage refers to how far the cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor.

Breast cancer is always triggered by a genetic abnormality - a 'mistake' in the genetic material.

However, in just five to 10 percent of cases, breast cancer is caused by an abnormality inherited from a parent.

In the majority of cases the disease is caused by genetic abnormalities that are the result of the aging process, and general 'wear and tear'.

Shannen Doherty's breast cancer was described as being 'invasive breast cancer metastatic to at least one lymph node', according to court documents.

The 44-year-old's diagnosis was revealed in the papers, filed as part of a lawsuit against her former business manager.

The Beverley Hills 90210 star claims her former business manager allowed her health insurance to lapse, during which time the star said she didn't regularly visit doctors.

Doctors reportedly told the star her cancer had spread during 2014, while she was uninsured.

As a result, the Charmed actress, claims had she been insured during that time she would have visited a doctor, and her cancer would not have spread so far before it was detected.

Describing breast cancer as being metastatic suggests the actress's disease has spread, possibly beyond the one lymph node described in the court documents.

Around one in eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

There are eight key signs of breast cancer, including a change in size or shape, redness or a rash on the skin, a lump or thickening and a change in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling
There are eight key signs of breast cancer, including a change in size or shape, redness or a rash on the skin, a lump or thickening and a change in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling

There are eight key signs of breast cancer, including a change in size or shape, redness or a rash on the skin, a lump or thickening and a change in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling

Furthermore, women should check for discharge from the nipple, a swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone, an inverted nipple and constant pain in a breast or armpit 
Furthermore, women should check for discharge from the nipple, a swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone, an inverted nipple and constant pain in a breast or armpit 

Furthermore, women should check for discharge from the nipple, a swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone, an inverted nipple and constant pain in a breast or armpit 

This year, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women, along with 61,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

Though death rates have been decreasing since 1989, around 40,450 women in the US lose their lives each year to the disease.

For American women breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other form of the disease, other than lung cancer.

Furthermore, the disease is the second most common form of cancer diagnosed in women - behind skin cancer.

A woman's risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer almost doubles if she has a first-degree relative - a mother, sister or daughter - who has been diagnosed with the disease.

However, the most significant risk factors for the disease are being female, and age, growing older.

Source: Breastcancer.org 

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