Breast Biopsy

What is Breast Biopsy?

A breast biopsy is used during breast cancer testing when part or all of a suspicious breast lump is removed and examined.

The breast lump sample is suctioned out through a biopsy needle, or removed during surgery.

The sample is then examined by a pathologist under a microscope to identify malignant or benign tissue in order to get a better breast cancer diagnosis.

Who is a Breast Biopsy suitable for?

Anyone who has a suspicious breast growth, or exhibits any of the other signs and symptoms of breast cancer, should have a breast biopsy.

How does a Breast Biopsy work?

Breast cancer testing using a biopsy includes procedures such as core needle breast biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, and excision biopsy, or surgery.

During a fine needle aspiration biopsy, a small hollow needle with a syringe is used to withdraw fluid and cells from the growth for breast cancer testing.

During a core needle biopsy the needle used is wider, and is equipped with a cutter to remove sections of tissue.  Larger samples are gathered using this breast core biopsy method.

When excision biopsy is an option, and if the lump is small, measuring 2.5cm or less, the surgeon will normally remove the whole lump for testing. If the lump is large, the surgeon normally removes  a portion of it for breast cancer testing.

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