Shocking Discovery Made When 8 Yr-Old Girl is Diagnosed with Rare Form of Breast Cancer

Shocking Discovery Made When 8 Yr-Old Girl is Diagnosed with Rare Form of Breast Cancer

This is just tragic. This poor family has been through the literal wringer. First the mother had cervical cancer and overcame it. Then the father had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and fought that off too. Now their youngest daughter, Chrissy, who is 8, has an incredibly rare form of breast cancer. She’s the youngest ever diagnosed with it. She will have to undergo a mastectomy and they are trying to raise $100,000 on GoFundMe to help with the medical expenses. Secretory Breast Carcinoma is often referred to as juvenile breast cancer, but it usually occurs in adults and never in children this young. It accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancer cases.

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From NY Daily News:

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.”

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.

“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.

Chrissy is in the third grade and is a budding artist. She found a lump in her chest and went to her mom telling her she was scared about it. It had been there for some time. Tests discovered the unthinkable. I don’t know what her prognosis is but I think they may still be determining that. 1 in 1,000,000 adults are diagnosed with this cancer and there are maybe only 15 cases to compare it to. Her case is being presented nationally and is being reviewed by top oncologists in the country along with the Utah state tumor board next week. As it stands today, she is set to have surgery at the Huntsman Cancer Institute by a specialist and her surgeon in early December, after which she will be recovering at Primary Children’s Hospital. Chrissy is in for the biggest fight of her life and the Turner Family needs all the help they can get. The family already had to declare bankruptcy after the father’s cancer took its toll. Now this. They have raised over $55,000 so far, but it will take much more to handle all the costs associated with little Chrissy’s fight to beat this monster. Please give if you can and say a prayer for their family.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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