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WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras on Preventative Double Mastectomy: ‘The Risk Was Definitely There’

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WJLA meteorologist Jacqui Jeras is opening up about the preventative double mastectomy she underwent last month (video above).

Jeras made the decision to undergo the surgery because she has a family history of the disease. Doctors found a small tumor that had a 15 percent chance of becoming cancerous, Jeras revealed.

“That makes me feel better about doing what I did. It just kind of confirms that the risk was definitely there,” she said.

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WJLA Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Jacqui Jeras, meteorologist for Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA announced she’s taking time off from work to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

Jeras’ co-anchors Jummy Olabanji and Scott Thuman wished her well at the end of this morning’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. “We’re all going to be thinking about you and we wish you the best,” said Thuman. “And we know everything’s going to be just fine.”

She told viewers on her facebook page,

“Dear facebook family, as you may have heard, I am taking some time off for my health after today’s show. I am having surgery next week. My health is great, but I want to keep it that way, so I am having a preventive double mastectomy. I have a strong family history of breast cancer including my sister who is battling the disease right now. My mom is a survivor, so are my Aunts and my Grandmother lost the battle. We don’t have BRCA1 or BRCA2, but we have something they haven’t figured out yet. I expect to be gone about a month and will post here when I can about my progress. Thanks for your support and prayers. Please remember to do your monthly self exams and mammograms and remind your loved ones to do the same.

Jeras has been at WJLA since last September. She came to WJLA from CNN where she had worked for 13 years.

On the Move, 6/6/13

Mark Greenblatt, a former national correspondent for ABC News in New York, has joined The E.W. Scripps Co. as national investigative correspondent.

Meteorologist Alexandra Wilson has joined The Weather Channel in Atlanta. She most recently worked at WHNS in Greenville, S.C.

After 13 years at CNN, Jacqui Jeras returns to local television as a morning meteorologist for WJLA in Washington, D.C.

Bill Kelly has joined WSYX in Columbus as chief meteorologist. Previously, Kelly servied in the same role at KHQ in Spokane. Read more

Former CNN Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras Joins WJLA

Jacqui Jeras, a former meteorologist at CNN, will sign on to WJLA in Washington, DC next month.

Jeras, who was based in Atlanta for CNN, left the network in May after 13 years. She begins as the morning and noon meteorologist at ABC-affiliated WJLA on September 5.

“I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of the DC community,” she said in a statement. “And I can’t wait to see snow again!”

Jeras takes over the shift from Adam Caskey, who is currently WJLA’s morning and midday meteorologist. [h/t The Washington Post]