The Short of It
An 8-year-old Utah girl is the youngest known patient to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Third-grader Chrissy Turner's parents have both survived harrowing illnesses: her father had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma when Chrissy was a baby, and her mom had cervical cancer. Now, a child who should be focusing on math problems and monkey bars has received a very rare diagnosis: Secretory Carcinoma. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, secretory carcinoma is a rare but distinct subtype of breast cancer with "generally a favorable prognosis."
Chrissy's mom Annette explained her reaction upon finding out her 8-year-old daughter would need a mastectomy to ABC4 Utah News: "I broke down. It's a struggle every day worrying about my family, about my husband and now my baby girl. Only 1 in 1 million are diagnosed, and she is the youngest that they've run across having this particular type of breast cancer."
Chrissy first thought something was wrong about a month ago when she noticed a lump on her chest. After her diagnosis, the brave little girl said, "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."
As the mom of a second-grader, it's impossible to imagine what this family is going through. But Annette says it was Chrissy who kept their spirits up when they were battling their illnesses. It seems Chrissy's positive attitude and very mature outlook on life will also carry her through her own medical challenges in the coming months. Here's wishing this amazing family health and happiness ahead.