A member asked:

My doctor told me to do a breast biopsy, what are the chances that i will have cancer if i was told this?

8 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

You either have breast cancer and it will destroy you if you neglect it, or your mass is benign and your adventure will end with relief and a reminder to keep up lifetime surveillance. I'm not going to tell you what percentage of breast biospies turn out to be malignant, as your mass may be more or less suspicious. One woman in two will have a breast biopsy during her lifetime. Be brave.

Answered Dec 16, 2013


Dr. Michael Gabor answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

to a needle biopsy? It depends on the specific imaging or clinical features, but in general, across the board, about 80% turn out benign.

Answered Nov 6, 2014


Dr. Devon Webster answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

Until the biopsy comes back, there is no way to determine the chance of cancer. The truth is that there is a chance of cancer, and no matter how small that chance, your doctor thinks something is suspicious enough to require a biopsy. My advice: If a biopsy is advised, then follow through on it. Of course you're scared. But you can deal with whatever the biopsy shows! We're here for you.

Answered Nov 7, 2014


Dr. Diane Minich answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Only @ 20% of the biopsies are positive for cancer. Best wishes for a good result.

Answered Nov 7, 2014



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