The American Cancer Society estimates that over 193,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. Medical advances and an increase in the number of mammograms administered have significantly brought down the mortality rate of breast cancer patients. Until a cure is found, early detection is crucial for successful treatment.
When a patient has a breast lump or an abnormal mammogram, the next step is to be referred to a board-certified surgeon for further evaluation. Frequently, a biopsy is required to definitively identify the cause of the abnormality.
Several biopsy techniques are available depending on the circumstances, including fine-needle aspiration, stereotactic core biopsy and open surgical biopsy. Dr. Lamas provides information to assist the patient in choosing the best procedure.
The removal of tissue or fluid with a needle for examination under a microscope is called fine-needle aspiration. It is also called needle biopsy. This technique can often be used to help determine further surgical options such as open biopsy or more extensive procedures.
- A breast biopsy is usually don’t to determine whether a growth in the breast is cancerous or benign
- A lump or other sign of breast cancer in a man or woman may warrant breast biopsy.
- Link : nlm.nih.gov/medicineplus/ency/article/007433.htm