Orange County Sheriff says she has breast cancer

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens says she has breast cancer, but she will continue to work through her aggressive treatment plan.

Hutchens said at a news conference Monday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this month.

She has already undergone her first chemotherapy treatment and it is expected to last from six to eight months. She said she plans to cut back on her public appearances.

Hutchens was appointed sheriff in 2008 by county supervisors to replace Michael Carona, who is serving a 5 ½-year prison term after being convicted of witness tampering. She was elected to the post in 2010 and she said she plans to run for a second term in 2014.

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