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7/16/2017I was recently diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma grade 2 and was told this is a very common cancer...what causes this? Why are so many women getting this? What can I do to prevent it from happening to my right breast? Is surgery the only way to rid myself of this cancer? Is homeopathy helpful? Can I shrink my cancer with a change in diet and avoid surgery? Can my "silver" fillings leach into my system and cause cancer?? There is so much information out there its making my head spin
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7/16/2017the cause of any type of breast cancer is unknown with the exception of those women who carry a breast cancer gene mutation which is just 5-10% of those diagnosed. 15% of women have invasive lobular. invasive ductal is the more common form of breast cancer. shrinkage with diet or other homeopathic methods has not worked. dental fillings not associated with breast cancer either. there is a lot of info out there and a lot of bad misleading information out there. rely on, this website at hopkins, and

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