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The following are some of the tests used in the diagnosis and evaluation of breast cancer:

Bone scan

Breast biopsy

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Breast self-exam

Breast MRI

Breast ultrasound

Chemistry screen

Chest x-ray

Complete blood count (CBC)

CT scan of the brain

CT scan of chest abdomen pelvis

Doctor's breast exam

Ductal lavage

Estrogen and progesterone receptor

HER2 receptor status

Mammogram

Minimally invasive breast biopsy

MRI scan

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

PET scan

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on February 18, 2010

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