Breast Biopsies Leave Room for Doubt, Study Finds

Tamara Lillemoe, MD

[New York Times, March 18, 2015] Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study finds.

The new findings, reported Tuesday in JAMA, challenge the common belief that a biopsy is the gold standard and will resolve any questions that might arise from an unclear mammogram or ultrasound.

Tamera Lillemoe, MD, a pathologist at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, who participated in the study, talked about its importance on WCCO-AM:

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