(WRIC/ABC) — Earlier this month, an 8-year-old Utah girl was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer known as secretory breast carcinoma.
According to a report in the Pediatric Surgery International Journal, secretory breast carcinoma is extremely rare and accounts for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases.
Annette Turner, Chrissy’s mother, told ABC News that it was Chrissy who first found the tumor.
“She came to us on a Sunday afternoon, she said, ‘Mommy I have been scared and I have this lump,'” Turner recounted. “It has been there for a while.”
So, “I was in shock,” Annette Turner explained about her daughter’s Nov. 9th diagnosis. “No child should ever have to go through cancer,” she added.
Before this, Annette was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Her husband had also been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“My heart and thoughts are on my daughter and having her get better,” Turner said.
“I was kind of scared to kind of figure out what it was,” Chrissy said.
Although rare, doctors at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City said they are confident that it can be removed.
“It is very treatable,” said Chrissy’s physician Dr. Brian Bucher, at Primary Children’s Hospital. “Chrissy will need to undergo a simple mastectomy…to remove all the remaining breast tissue to prevent this cancer from coming back.”
The family is currently raising money online to help fund treatment for Chrissy. Click here to donate.