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When is a breast biopsy necessary?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 04/30/2019

A breast biopsy is done to confirm breast cancer when diagnostic tests such as mammography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indicate a suspicion.

With breast biopsy, cells can be removed from the area of the breast where cancer is suspected with a needle and viewed directly under a microscope. The specialist in pathological anatomy will be able to determine whether these are malignant cancer cells and establish a definitive diagnosis.

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 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.
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