A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing. During a breast MRI , you lie on your stomach on a padded scanning table.
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These days, a monthly breast self-exam is considered optional. And she's not just talking about a lump or a mass in your breast. You should also look for crusting at the nipple, or bloody nipple drainage, Dr. White says, especially if it's just one side. Here, nine women who have had breast cancer share the symptoms that led them to a doctor's office—and ultimately, a diagnosis. They all have one message: trust your gut, and get anything suspicious checked out.
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Last Updated: July 2, References. This article was medically reviewed by Lacy Windham, MD. There are 20 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Doctors often use additional tests to find or diagnose breast cancer. They may refer women to a breast specialist or a surgeon. This does not mean that she has cancer or that she needs surgery.