An 8-year-old Utah girl was diagnosed earlier this month with secretory breast carcinoma, a rare form of breast cancer.
According to a report in the Pediatric Surgery International Journal, secretory breast carcinoma is extremely rare. It accounts for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases.
Secretory carcinoma is a rare but distinct subtype of breast carcinoma, with characteristic histomorphology and generally favorable prognosis. Although it was originally described as a juvenile breast carcinoma, occurring in young children, most cases have been reported in adults of both sexes. As the name implies, the characteristic histomorphology is the presence of a large amount of intracellular and extracellular, eosinophilic secretion material that stains positive for periodic acid.
It was actually Chrissy who first found the tumor.
“She came to us on a Sunday afternoon,” Chrissy’s mother Annette Turner said, “She said ‘Mommy I have been scared and I have this lump.’ She said it had been there for a while.”
So, “I was in shock,” Annette explained about her daughter’s diagnosis. “No child should ever have to go through cancer,” she added.
Even though the Turners are not African American, many African Americans should heed this as a warning. For African-American women, the risk of getting breast cancer is lower than for white women, but the risk of dying from breast cancer is higher. For example, in 2011, African-American women had a 44 percent higher rate of breast cancer mortality (death) than white women.