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Biopsy - breast; Open breast biopsy
A normal result means there is no sign of cancer.
Your doctor or nurse will let you know when you need a follow-up mammogram or other tests.
Biopsy may identify a number of breast conditions that are not cancer or precancer, including:
Biopsy results may show the following precancerous breast conditions:
Two main types of breast cancer may be found:
Depending on the biopsy results, you may need further surgery or treatment.
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