The steps for breast cancer identification normally include:

  • First, a clinical observation by a doctor;
  • Next, imaging tests to search for changes in the breast, and, if they do exist, identify the type of change;
  • Finally, a cytology (removal and examination of cells) or biopsy (removal and examination of a piece of tissue) so the tumor can be examined under the microscope. This should determine if it is malignant/cancerous, and, if that is the case, determine what kind of cancer it is.

Medical exam + Imaging exams + Cytology or Biopsy

These 3 steps, together, increase the reliability of the diagnosis

  • The result from the biopsy or cytology must take into account the two previous results, and is used to confirm them 
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