Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lives. And estimated one in eight of those women will have breast cancer.
But no one thought it would strike 8-year-old Chrissy Turner so young. The Utah girl was recently diagnosed with a form of breast cancer so rare that no one is ever really expected to get it.
Chrissy was first diagnosed in October, her parents told ABC4 Utah News. She is by far the youngest person to ever have it, they said.
%shareLinks-quote="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." type="quote" author="Annette Turner" authordesc="Chrissy's Mother" isquoteoftheday="false"%
"It's a struggle every day worrying about my family, about my husband and now my baby girl," her mother, Annette, added.
The family has had some experience dealing with cancer. The mother is a cervical cancer survivor and Chrissy's father, Troy, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when Chrissy was in diapers.
But the their daughter's battle has only just begun. The 8-year-old is already planning to undergo a mastectomy in the near future. However, the cancer can't lower Chrissy's spirits.
%shareLinks-quote="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." type="quote" author="Chrissy Turner" authordesc="Breast Cancer Patient" isquoteoftheday="false"%
Her mother agrees, adding "We're just going to keep fighting ... Doing everything we can to smile every day and laugh every day and carry our head high and do our best to overcome this."
Family friends have created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Chrissy's medical treatment. Click here to donate. You can also visit Chrissy's Facebook page here.
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in women worldwide.Here are the numbers behind breast cancer in America:
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