An 8-year girl in Utah learned earlier this month she has a rare form of breast cancer — a shocking discovery local doctors reportedly said is the youngest such diagnosis they’ve ever seen.
It’s rare enough for a girl of Chrissy Turner’s age to have breast cancer at all. But worse yet, she has one of the rarest forms of the disease: Secretory breast carcinoma, which accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancer cases, according to ABC Utah.
She discovered the disease after finding a lump in her chest in early November, her mother said.
“She came to us on a Sunday afternoon, she said, ‘Mommy I have been scared and I have this lump,’ ” Annette Turner told the station in the family’s Centerville home.
“It had been there for a while.”
Chrissy Turner has been diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer.
At first, the family couldn’t believe it.
“I was in shock,” Annette said.
But she said cancer runs in the family — she survived cervical cancer and her husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — and now it’s the adults’ turn to help their little girl beat the disease.
The 8-year-old (second from left, with her family) is battling secretory breast carcinoma and will undergo a simple mastectomy.
“No child should have to go through cancer,” Annette said.
Chrissy is now set to undergo a simple mastectomy, her family said. They started a GoFundMe page seeking $ 100,000 in donations to help with medical costs.
Secretory breast carcinoma, in its rare occurrences, was initially described as “juvenile” breast cancer because of its association with children — but even so, most cases are actually found in adults, according to a 2011 study in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
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