Dr. Harness shares two ways in which breast cancer is diagnosed in people with and without symptoms.
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Two Ways Breast Cancer is Diagnosed “Well there are two ways of breast cancer’s diagnose one is in the asymptomatic patient by that I mean patients who don’t have any symptoms at all an abnormality is found on the screen in mammogram such as abnormal micro calcifications or even a small mass in the breast that the patient can’t feel. So one category and that’s the one we’d love to see more off is if someone’s going to have breast cancer what you want to do is to diagnose it before there are any symptoms. So the one category is the asymptomatic patient and the second category of course is somebody that has symptoms and most common symptom is a lump on the breast. The techniques for diagnosing breast cancer are always mammograms often followed them by ultra sound examination and I want to really make a strong plea that if someone has an abnormal ultras sound or an abnormal mammogram that the diagnosis be made by needle biopsy direct to the either by x-ray or by ultra sound and do not have an open excisional biopsy because greater than 95% of abnormalities in the breast can be diagnosed with needle biopsies.