Comparing breast biopsy choices

Biopsy generally follows abnormal mammogram findings, but the majority of biopsies find nothing of concern. However, there are a number of biopsy methods that your doctor might recommend depending on the type and extent of abnormality on the mammogram or other imaging findings.

The types of biopsy techniques are needle and surgical. Surgical biopsy tends to occur with the removal of a lump from the breast, whereas needle biopsy is an outpatient procedure with varying amounts of tissue being removed for study prior to pursuing surgery.

What type of biopsy you experience will depend on the discussions you have with your doctor, but if you'd like more information or to know what to expect, read more on needle versus surgical breast biopsy after abnormal mammogram.

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