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Who should have a breast biopsy?

Anyone, female or male, with a suspicious breast growth, abnormality detected on imaging study, or other symptoms of breast cancer should undergo a biopsy. Ninety-nine percent of all breast cancers occur in females, however, males can and do get breast cancer. Therefore, men should regularly examine their breasts as females do for lumps or other cancer symptoms. (Males with the genetic disorder Klinefelter syndrome, which is associated with increased breast development, have approximately the same risk of developing breast cancer as females.)

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Comment from: Seattle is beautiful, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I had core breast biopsy 3 month ago. It was a miserable experience, both emotional and physical. The result showed flat epithelial atypia. The pain and tenderness from the surgery can be sensed after a month. Now I can still feel that the site is sensitive sometimes. I was asked to do more surgery to remove the area of sick site. I really hope there are other not so invasive methods to treat flat epithelial atypia.

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Comment from: donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Self-examination of saved my life! I was not due for yearly breast exam for 6 months. I decided to do a self-exam although I had a clean mammogram 6 months ago. I am glad I checked myself as I found a stage 1 carcinoma. I got a quick mammogram, and ultrasound followed by a breast biopsy and surgery. Finally I had radiation treatments, 16 in all. I have to take hormone blockers for 5 years but I did not have to get chemotherapy because I did that self-exam. Ladies please check yourself on a regular basis, please don't wait for once a year mammogram, check every 3 months. It doesn't hurt to monitor yourself, it may save your life!

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