Actress Jane Fonda announces she has cancer

American actress Jane Fonda, 84, revealed on Instagram that she has cancer. Known to be a committed personality, she took the opportunity to denounce the very unequal healthcare system in the United States.

“I have something personal to tell you.” In a long message posted on Instagram, Jane Fonda revealed, Thursday, September 1, to be sick. The 84-year-old American actress was indeed diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system.

“I started chemotherapy sessions,” she wrote. “It is a completely curable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.”

The double Oscar-winning actress took the opportunity to send a political message: “I am lucky to have health insurance and to have access to the best doctors and treatments. I am aware that I am privileged and it is sad (…) many Americans do not have access to the same quality of care as me, and it is unfair.

A fervent supporter of the Democratic Party and the environmental cause, Jane Fonda also pointed to the role of fossil fuels and pesticides in the development of cancer. “The mid-term elections are approaching (in November) and they will have serious consequences. You can therefore count on me to accompany you in the growth of our army of climate champions”, she assured.

Jane Fonda began her career in the 1960s. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, first in 1971 for her role as Bree in Ajan J. Pakula’s ‘Klute’, then in 1978 for her role of Sally in the war drama “The Return”, by Hal Ashby.

More recently, she distinguished herself in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie”, where she plays the main role, and in the dubbing of the animated film “Luck”. She is also known for her aerobics classes, and for her peaceful activism during the Vietnam War era.

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