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Why are biopsies done?

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Biopsies are most often done to look for cancer. However, biopsies can help identify many other conditions.

From: What Is a Biopsy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Zuber, T. , March 15, 2002. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference: "Breast Biopsy."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Kidney Biopsy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Zuber, T. , March 15, 2002. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference: "Breast Biopsy."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Kidney Biopsy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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