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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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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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