Utah Girl, 8, Is Fighting Breast Cancer

She was diagnosed with extremely rare form of disease
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2015 2:46 AM CST
Utah Girl, 8, Is Fighting Breast Cancer
Pink ribbon signs recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.   (AP Photo/Public Opinion, Markell DeLoatch)

Chrissy Turner is an 8-year-old girl in Centerville, Utah, who is fighting a battle that would be difficult enough for any grownup. She is one of the youngest people ever to receive a breast cancer diagnosis and will have a mastectomy early next month, the Guardian reports. Her mother tells ABC4 that Chrissy, who found a lump on her chest in October, has secretory carcinoma, a very rare form of the disease that's usually seen in older women. "Only one in one million are diagnosed and she is the youngest that they've run across having this particular type of breast cancer," she says.

"I was scared to figure out what it was," Chrissy tells ABC News, "but I knew I could fight it off and I hope that I can fight it off." Her doctors sound equally confident. "It is very treatable," her physician at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City tells ABC. "Chrissy will need to undergo a simple mastectomy to remove all the remaining breast tissue to prevent this cancer from coming back." Friends of the family have launched a GoFundMe page to help the family with medical costs. (This NFL player has gone the extra mile to honor his mom and other relatives lost to breast cancer.)

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