Non-Cancerous Breast Conditions

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Biopsy

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