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Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer
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I have been gluten free for @ 6 months now. I had my first mammogram recently and then an ultrasound because of a suspicious area. I am heaving a biopsy on Tues on my breast because of a probable complex cyst/ possible mass. I have heard that a gluten free diet helps stop cyst formation, that are very common, and nothing to worry about most of the time. Apparently 'normal' cysts appear frequently w/ your cycles and dissipate on their own. My cyst (if that is what it is) is large or a group of cysts that are not 'simple', and just fluid filled.

Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or otherwise about complex cysts and or breast cancer risks w/ celiac disease ?

I have done searches, unsuccesfully on this.

Lorraine

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Hi Lorraine,

I can't help you out on exact info regarding breast cancer risk and celiac, but I can point you to an excellent book that talks quite a bit about how gluten increases your risk of cancer (any kind) and how. It is a book called Dangerous Grains by James Braly and Ron Hoggan. It is an excellent book on the benefits of a gluten free diet in relieving and preventing ailments associated with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and more than 200 chronic illnesses and conditions, including cancer, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, brain disorders, intestinal disease, chronic pain, digestive disorders and infertility & problematic pregnancies. I highly recommend this book to anyone, not just those of us gluten intolerant people. I hope this helps. If you don't want to buy a copy, you might be able to find it at the library, but I think it is a wise investment.

God bless,

Mariann

(I also have many cysts in both breasts and have already had one surgery to remove a lump from inside the milk duct. No cancer, but I would like to keep myself cancer free! I am also hoping the cysts decrease once I am gluten-free for a while. I'm only 32 and would like to live a long healthy life.)

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Thanks for your response and the info on the book :D . I have been trying, without luck, to convince my mom (with many classic symptoms, and a family history of classic symptoms, not to mention a diagnosis for me and 2 of my kids ....) to get tested. She refuses and keeps saying "I have had allergy testing done and I am not allergic to wheat". It's very frustrating for me, and maybe the book will help convince her to at least get tested.

One of my boys has the colon cancer gene, and already has had most of his small intestines removed as an infant, because of a reaction to milk based formula (that I was ADAMENT he not get....). He is is at extremely high risk for major problems (need for a double organ transplant) if he develops any kind of GI cancer. His diagnosis of celiac disease is relatively new, and he is 7-1/2 yrs old.

We obviously have a very strong motivation to remain as 100% gluten free as possible, and I would really like to help convince my mom especially, THANKS for the info again :D

Lorraine

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I hope the book helps. I get the response a lot from people when I mention gluten intolerance, "oh, I don't have a problem eating wheat." Well, I didn't have a problem eating it either, but I sure do have a problem digesting it! Most people who are gluten intolerant are not allergic to wheat, so the allergy testing your mom had won't show celiac or not.

God bless,

Mariann

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