CENTERVILLE, Utah– A little girl in Utah is battling a rare form of breast cancer. Her mother says the 8-year-old is the youngest person doctors have come across to have this particular type of breast cancer.
Annette Turner said her daughter, Chrissy, came to them one day in October and said she had a lump on her chest.
“It is a very rare form of breast cancer. It’s called secretory carcinoma. Only 1 in one million are diagnosed and she is the youngest that they’ve run across having this particular type of breast cancer. I broke down. It’s a struggle every day worrying about my family, about my husband and now my baby girl,” Chrissy’s mom told KTVX.
Chrissy’s parents are both cancer survivors. Her mother battled cervical cancer and her father, Troy, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma when Chrissy was a baby.
The third-grader will undergo a mastectomy, but she is remaining positive. “I was scared the first time that I knew about it, but I knew that I could fight it off and I hope that I can fight it off,” Chrissy told KTVX.
Chrissy’s doctor, Dr. Brian Bucher, at Primary Children’s Hospital told ABC News, “It is very treatable. Chrissy will need to undergo a simple mastectomy to remove all the remaining breast tissue to prevent this cancer from coming back.”