ABC Action News anchor Linda Hurtado returns to work today after double mastectomy
WFTS-Ch. 28 anchor Linda Hurtado returned to the station's 5:30 p.m. newscast today after a five-week break following a double mastectomy.
Hurtado announced on air in October that she was having the operation after a mammogram caught early signs of breast cancer -- a disease which killed her mother and grandmother.
Since she had been such a vocal proponent of early detection and treatment as the stations health reporter, Hurtado decided to make her diagnosis and treatment public by announcing it on air and providing updates via Facebook and her own website.
"I was very fortunate that my cancer was caught early, which gave me options," she told viewers today, before presenting a story on her journey, starting with footage from a story she reported on an uninsured woman who caught her cancer too late. "My message today is not about my cancer, but about early detection."
Hurtado also profiled a local shooting club inspired by her story to raise $3,000 eventually donated to a program which helps uninsured women get mammograms and treatment.
Hurtado said today she is cancer free and feels good.
Below is a clip of her return and original announcement back in October.