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Jul 22, 2010 3:25 PM by Mark Holyoak

KPAX anchor Jill Valley diagnosed with breast cancer

MISSOULA, MT - If you don't see Jill Valley anchoring the evening newscasts, there is good reason. Jill just learned she has breast cancer.

She released the following statement on Facebook Tuesday evening: "So, for those who don't know, a week ago I found a lump in my breast and five days later found out I have breast cancer. No history, no risky behavior, it's just there. I am still in shock. I'm having a mastectomy Wednesday with chemo to follow when I heal. I did just find out today it hasn't invaded other parts. THANK YOU GOD. But now the fight begins. Thank you for your well wishes. I will win!!!!"

We at KPAX are extremely grateful for all the positive emails, Facebook messages and phone calls we received in her behalf. We all support Jill and her family as they face this uncertain time. She is receiving the best care available in Missoula. KPAX Chief Medical Correspondent Brad Pickhardt is personally handling her medical plan of action.

Thank you for all your love and support. As Jill said "I will win!" and together, we will help make that happen.

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