“Grace & Frankie” star Jane Fonda revealed that she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 84.
The “Monster-In-Law” actress announced on Friday that she had begun chemotherapy for what she described as a “very treatable cancer.”
“80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky,” she detailed. “I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I am privileged in this.”
Fonda used her announcement to criticize the American healthcare system, noting that cancer impacts “almost every family” in the country. “Far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I am receiving and this is not right,” she wrote.
The longtime climate activist claimed that her cancer was caused by fossil fuels. “We also need to be talking much more not just about cures but about causes so we can eliminate them,” she said. “For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. So do pesticides, many of which are fossil fuel-based, like mine.”
Fonda also noted that her diagnosis would not “interfere” with her climate activism, adding that she has been tolerating the chemo “quite well.”
“We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can,” she remarked.
Fonda got political when she concluded that midterm elections are coming up this year and “are beyond consequential so you can count on me to be right there together with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”