A biopsy is a test whereby a small tissue sample is taken from an area of suspicion identified on mammogram or ultrasound. It is obtained using a hollow needle and under local anaesthetic. The sample is sent to a pathology lab for testing. The answer is usually definitive – cancer(malignant) or non cancer(benign).

Biopsies are preferably done in the mammography department under mammogram or ultrasound guidance. This ensures that the correct area is sampled.


Ultrasound Probe + Lignocaine (local anaesthetic) + Spring loaded biopsy gun


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Breast Biopsy: Done under ultrasound or mammographic guidance and with local anaesthetic. A number of small samples are extracted with a biopsy needle and sent to the pathologist for microscopy and other special tests to determine whether the lump is a cancer and if so, what type. This will ultimately determine treatment

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Real Cancer diagnosis - Pathology

  • Breast cancers are all different on a cellular and molecular level
  • Detailed pathology and biochemistry tests
  • Individualised treatments targeted at particular type
  • Cancers < 2cm have a 5 year survival of 90% 10 year survival of 80%
  • Cancers > 2cm have a 5 year survival of 70%
  • Modern cancer treatments have been proven to work