Consumer Summary – May 26, 2016
Having a Breast Biopsy: A Review of the Research for Women and Their Families
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Table of Contents
- Is This Information Right For Me?
- Fast Facts
- Finding Breast Cancer
- What Is a Breast Biopsy?
- Kinds of Breast Biopsies
- Research About Breast Biopsy
- Biopsy Results
- Questions for Your Doctor or Nurse
Is This Information Right For Me?
This information is right for you if:
- You are a woman. The information in this summary is from research on women.
- Your doctor* has found a breast lump or shadow on your mammogram and has recommended a breast biopsy.
*In this summary, the term doctor refers to your health care professional, including your primary care physician, gynecologist, radiologist, surgeon, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
- For a breast biopsy, a small amount of breast tissue is taken out. A biopsy tells if the lump is breast cancer.
- Most women who have a breast biopsy do not have breast cancer. About four out of every five breast biopsies are negative for cancer.
- There are two main kinds of breast biopsies: core-needle biopsy and open surgical biopsy.
- Side effects are less common with core-needle biopsy than with open surgical biopsy.
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