An 8-year-old girl from Utah is the youngest known patient to be diagnosed with secretory breast carcinoma, a rare type of breast cancer that affects one in one million adults. Early in November, Chrissy Turner told her mom that she discovered a lump in her breast area.
“She came to us on a Sunday afternoon. She said, ‘Mommy, I have been scared and I have this lump,’” Chrissy’s mom, Annette Turner, told ABC News. On November 9, she was diagnosed with cancer. “It had been there for a while… I was in shock. No child should ever have to go through cancer.”
Chrissy’s doctors will perform a mastectomy this December to remove the tumor. The condition is treatable and her doctors at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City are confident that the tumor can be removed. However, Chrissy might lose all of her breast tissue to prevent the cancer from returning. According to the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, “preservation of pre-pubertal breast tissue is important to ensure proper breast development; however, that is not always possible because of the location of the tumor.”
This isn’t the first struggle the Turner family is facing. Annette is a cervical cancer survivor, while her husband Troy has been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since 2008. According to Chrissy’s Alliance Facebook page, the family has incurred so many expenses from Troy’s cancer that they filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
Relatives and supporters have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Chrissy’s treatments.