biopsy removes a sample of breast tissue that is
looked at under a microscope for
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No abnormal or cancer cells
Noncancerous (benign) problems
cysts, fibrocystic lumps, and firm tumors
(fibroadenomas). Fibroadenomas may be either taken out or left in but checked
closely. They do not go away, but they are not likely to become
Other noncancerous problems
include growths of fat tissue (lipoma); scar tissue with calcium
abscess; too much growth of cells (called atypical
ductal hyperplasia, or ADH); or changes in the breast tissue cells called
columnar alteration with prominent snouts and secretions (CAPSS). If ADH is
present, an open biopsy is needed to make sure there is no cancer.
Cancer cells are
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
March 29, 2011
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