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How do I care for myself after a breast biopsy?

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A biopsy is a procedure to remove suspicious tissues to check for cancer. You may need to wear a special bra and dressings over your breast biopsy site for a few days. You get small tapes or stitches on the cut on your skin. Your doctor will remove them during your check up, or they’ll fall off by themselves.

You may be asked to apply medicine or ice to the biopsy area or change the bandages at home. Your doctor will give you advice on showering, bathing, and wound care.

You’ll get a prescription for pain relief, or you can take an over-the-counter medicine. Don’t take aspirin or products containing aspirin for 3 days after the procedure to avoid bleeding problems, without your doctor’s OK.

The area of the biopsy might be black and blue for a few days afterward.

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 29, 2020

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 29, 2020

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