Jameela Jamil speaks out about surviving cancer

Jameela Jamil (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Jameela Jamil (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

BRITISH actress Jameela Jamil opened up about battling cancer twice while hitting back at an internet troll who said she was “too old” to dress a certain way.

Responding to a man who made the derogatory comment, Jamil said many men say “dumbs***” to her on social media. As someone who has experienced chronic illness, Jamil said she finds the “cultural taboo” that surrounds ageing insulting.

She wrote: “I would just like to say, that as someone who has been chronically ill my whole life, and had cancer twice, I find it EXTREMELY offensive that there is a cultural taboo around aging.

“Those of us who fight for our lives and those who lost that fight young, deserve more respect.”

Jamil suffers from a coeliac disease and severe food allergies.

In a further tweet, she stated: “It is a sickness of our society to look at ageing as anything other than an achievement/privilege.”

In 2015, the Good Place actress spoke about experiencing breast cancer scare, saying it shocked her.

“That scare shocked me to the core, that’s for certain, but I felt so lucky to be alive.”

“The doctor said ‘you have a lump on your breast’. Hearing those words was a reminder, a kick up the bum if you like, telling me that life is very unpredictable,” she said.

“Three women in my family, close relatives, have had breast cancer, and two have died from it, and still I never thought it could happen to me. I didn’t even regularly check my breasts.

“With the arrogance of youth I thought ‘I don’t drink, don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, so why would I get cancer?’ The week I spent waiting for the result of the biopsy to see if it was malignant felt like the longest of my life.”

The lump turned not to be cancerous.