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Which breast biopsy procedure do you need?

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During a breast biopsy, doctors remove cells or tissue from the area in question to examine under a microscope. It’s the only way to know for sure if a potential trouble spot is cancer. The type of breast biopsy procedure you have will depend on:

  • How large your breast lump or suspicious area is
  • Where it’s located
  • If there’s more than one abnormal area
  • If you have any other medical problems
  • Your personal preferences

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 15, 2017

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 15, 2017

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