A Closer Inspection

When a screening method, such as a mammogram, indicates you have a mass, a breast biopsy is often the next step. A biopsy does not mean you have cancer. In fact, only 1 in 5 breast biopsies are found to be cancerous.

During your breast biopsy appointment, a small sample of your cells is collected to determine whether they are cancerous or non-cancerous. There are two ways biopsies are completed. The most common is through the use of a local anesthetic and a needle. The area will be cleaned and numbed. Then, with the help of an ultrasound, mammogram or MRI, the radiologist will pinpoint the area in question. The needle collects a very small sample of your tissue to be tested. Recovery from this type of biopsy is very quick, with you back to normal activity within 24 hours.

You may require a surgical biopsy depending on the location or type of mass. This will be done in the operating room, and you will be given anesthesia and a portion of the mass is removed for testing. After the biopsy, your sample is tested in our lab, and you receive results within a few days.

Call (855) 353-3484 to schedule a mammogram and to learn more about breast screening offered by Sanford Health.