- Non-cancerous Breast Conditions
- What is normal breast tissue and what does it do?
- Finding non-cancerous breast conditions
- Breast cancer can be found early
- Diagnosing non-cancerous breast changes
- Nipple discharge exam (nipple smear)
- Types of non-cancerous breast conditions
- Fibrosis and simple cysts
- Lobular carcinoma in situ
- Phyllodes tumors
- Intraductal papillomas
- Granular cell tumors
- Fat necrosis and oil cysts
- Duct ectasia
- Other non-cancerous breast conditions
- How non-cancerous breast conditions affect breast cancer risk
- For women at increased breast cancer risk
- To learn more
During a biopsy the doctor removes a sample of the abnormal area to be looked at under a microscope. A biopsy may be done when mammograms, other imaging tests, or the physical exam finds a breast change that may be cancer. A biopsy is the only way to tell if cancer is really present.
There are several types of biopsy procedures, and each type has its own pros and cons. Some use a needle, while others require surgery. See For Women Facing a Breast Biopsy for details on the different types of breast biopsy and what the procedure is like.
Last Medical Review: 01/14/2014
Last Revised: 01/14/2014